Black South Africans have a lot of stories to tell and to write.Their stories are heart rending,nerve wrecking, thought provoking,memorable and timeless.People in black townships have suffered a great deal and has experienced several traumas that include discrimination , rape , violence , educational poverty , material poverty , hunger and displacements .These people have been also at the receiving hand of political propaganda , oppressive apartheid era regime, zealotry, expediency and corruption . They have become pawns pimped by preceding regimes of black and white leadership. Black township communities have many stories for their people. These stories remain both knowledge libraries and literary heritage for generations . The book is the best place where stories,experiences, challenges and solutions should be placed in.
The small Museum exists since 2014 thanks to the courage and determination of Massimo Silvotti, writer, poet, artist, philosopher: “ The contamination between the arts is very fascinating, it is no coincidence that we are also an exhibition space and often in our events we created a mixture of music, theater, cinema, dance and more. The Museum's mission is not exclusively conservative, on the contrary, we want to bring poetry back to the squares, to the people, so that they can re-appropriate it. Aim is to be the center of innovation and experimentation in arts; interacting with the smartest intelligences of the contemporary art world on international level and create a continuous laboratory for communication . Out in the center of the museum a work by the artist Antje Stehn, a monumental dress made of feathers (Xiao Bing's dress, homage to Pippa Bacca)which stands for the union between classical and contemporary art.
All Africa Poetry Symposium in Celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change 10 year Anniversary. You're welcome and we look forward to have a exciting , dynamic and vibrant Poetry Symposium ,where Africa speaks of itself through poetry .100 Thousand Poets for Change Movement was founded 10 years ago by Editors , Poets , internationally acclaimed Artists Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion to speak change , to speak truth against racial injustice , wars , poverty , corruption , demise of human rights and gagging of human freedoms through Literary arts activism and Social Change Arts . Participating Poets are from Seira Leone , Kenya , Nigeria , South Africa , Botswana, Zambia ,Egypt and Zimbabwe .The Poetry Fete is hosted by Acclaimed Poet , Distinguished literary arts scholar and internationally renowned Jerusalem based Poetry Michael Dickel. Mbizo Chirasha has worked tirelessly with the 100 Thousand Poets for change since ints inception , a decade ago through literary arts projects GirlChildCreativity Project and the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. This mega event will be stream-lived on several digital platforms. ALUTA CONTINUA-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA-Resident Coordinator).
Kenya and Kenyan poets remain our literary arts cordial friends. I cannot exhaust to account names. The likes of author Omwa Ombara, Waithera James, Jerusha, Tigress Nancy Ndeke and more more comrades. Young Poets like Jina, Biko Iruti, Kenneth Kay. The list is endless. The Brave Voices Poetry Journal and the WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS October issues are to be guest edited by Versatile, prolific, acclaimed and widely published Kenyan Poets Michael Mwangi Macharia (Brave Voices Poetry Journal) and Kananuh Jerusha (WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS). The duo are literary combatants and word maestro with their extraordinary verses written all over social media walls, online poetry journals and global print anthologies. They are gifted with the requisite credentials to handle both the heat and pressure as to be experienced during their guest editing tenure of service. This special blog message seeks to introduce the GUEST Editors of the October Journals . These Guest Editors have been featured and profiled at TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC CENTER and the AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN respectively . We also introduce October thematic areas and Submission guidelines.
hen a wordsmith masters the art of paradox, the lyrical presentation is usually immersed in spirited waters of love, raging waves of protest and heart raving belly pit passion. Greek lyricist and Poet Eva Petropoulou Lianoy masters the art of paradox, imagery sparkles with traces of defiance and is then stirred together with remnants of lost affection, the concoction becomes poetry, real poetry is a beverage we drink and we sleep with our sandals. It is a half rolled imboza heavily clutching on our word -hardened skulls from night to dawn. I drink paradox like we do to profoundly matured Kgalagadi red wine. TIME OF POET REPUBLIC is proud to present the profile feature of the acclaimed Greek lyricist, International recognized Writer of children literatures and Prolific literary arts projects curator Eva Petropoulou Lianoy. Together We Rise (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Your stubbed verses glow with the oil of reason and as our patched readers throat and groping hearts are surrendered to swig grape-fruit juice of wisdom from jugs of suspense. The imagery captivates the mind and as well ripples our blood streams, while it reveals shadows walking stealthily behind mountains of life. The set of poems is refreshing and profoundly unusual. It is a diligently-curated dramatic monologue as our poet, writer, filmmaker speaks to her inner self and invisible silhouettes. Her dialogue with self-projects meaning and the reason abound. This presentation more than hybrid, it is an experimental versification exercise that assigns our psyches to jog like in a relay. Ruth Novaczek is a multi-genre arts personality, dabbling in poetry, long writings, filmmaking and experimental arts productions. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC salutes Diversity, Dexterity and Creativity, thus today we feature a mesmerizing Poet and Film Artist Ruth Novaczek. Together We Rise –(Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Tali Cohen Shabtai, the rhythm in your poetry traverses from the splashing contours of our blood stream, It crashes and falls over and above gorges of our heart boxes . The vivid imagery sits steadily in our memory boxes like a radio antennae on a transmitting device. The prowess carved in the marrow of your poetry proves beyond doubt that your worldview is super rich as it concocted the wealth of reason. The beat throbbing from this well choreographed poetic ensemble provokes the reader to dance and speak in poetic tongues of both metaphor and paradox. Suddenly the reader is joined on the poetic ritual dance stage and they all slide into trance .Extraordinary griot . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC presents prowess and creativity in the personality of internationally acclaimed Poet and Prolific Writer Tali Cohen Shabtai-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Darcie Friesen Hossack, Letter from the Editor There is not a particle of life that does not bear poetry within it.-Gustave Flaubert I wrote a letter from the editor for this, our first issue of WordCity Monthly. I wrote about the pandemic, and how governments were using it as cover to defund and commit aggression … Continue reading WordCity Monthly – September 2020, Issue #1
Before you read Nancy Ndeke's psalm to the words and work going into WordCity Monthly, please allow me a moment to express my gratitude for her and all of the WordCity editors. Without them--Sylvia Petter, Jane SpokenWord, Nancy Ndeke, Olga Stein, Lori Roadhouse and (coming next month, Geraldine Sinyuy)--this would still be just an idea. … Continue reading An Introduction to WordCity Monthly by Nancy Ndeke
The Brave Voices August Edition is such an amazing platform for young but resilient poetic griots , solemnly holding on to their faith and remain composed to face the AFTERMATHS with due diligence despite the hellholes of the COVID 19 pandemic. writings boldly articulates inspirational messages of hope and courage to adapt to the new normal .In this installment , ten poems were selected; the bigger number of poems is from the hosting country Botswana and the other six from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda As the editor for this month I would love to thank all contributing poets who responded to this great call and give salutations to those who made it to the top 10 and encourage that we hold on together in these difficult times of the COVID19 menace as we face the realities and complexities of the new normal . As a poet I take it that poetry is a powerful medium to express our feelings with for attaining freedoms and that it is a formula to connect the mind, spirit, soul and other humanity realms. TOGETHER WE RISE-( Gorata Ntshwabi Brave Voices August Edition Guest Editor and Brave Voices Botswana Associate)
Maturity carved onto the bone and marrow of the micro-poems by Poet Lumpkin illuminates the readers soul, the verses evoke the spirits of reason. The lyrical dexterity is mind tilting. The mini poems are golden rimmed with reason , they shimmer with the glow of wisdom. Real poetry provokes thinking, ignites mental boxes for debate and is always turgid with meaning. The imagery is vivid and the diction profoundly economized. The verses of the luminary poet Canadian Kenneth Lumpkin are fatty baobab canopies pregnant with succulent fruits of wisdom and reason. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC celebrates excellence and literary prowess with prolific poet, acclaimed writer and distinguished educationist Kenneth Lumpkin. ALUTA CONTINUA- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)