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.
JAMBIYA KAI is an undeletable and powerful South African Voice. Her diligently woven multi-genre/hybrid writings are unmatchable . Her poetry is marrow-tight revolutionary. Short stories are broken denims of sisal and torn cotton garments artistically knitted together to evoke our psychical pots with that rarity of mind-storming suspense and heart-stroking imagination. Jambiya writes hybrid essays that are tucked in straight uniforms of naked truth . Her metaphors rebukes political thuggery , economic thievery , social rot and moral decadence . Bullets from her pen slice open corrupt double-bellies of injustice and tyranny-busting saliva of her ink strangle to death devil-angels of dictatorship in Africa and abroad . Her poetry is life , tolerance and freedom, rot , decay , scars rolled in paradoxical imboza. In this mind -jamming instalment , TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC feature an amazing set of poems by a long serving , resilient member , literary arts revolutionary and revered of the land JAMBIYA KAI . Happy 2021. Together We Rise -( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA) .
America is famed of its multi-templated DNA of bravery , superiority , diversity , super talents , Hollywood, POETRY and promise . The tumultuous four year iron-fisted rule of Donald Trump was dipped in diplomatic gaffes, political malaise , racial barbarism and moral decadence. And the triumphant but the unanticipated entry of the spiritedly hyped and much-loved political cunning fox Joe Biden into the American political matrix as the 59th president of the land of the brave coughs light , sneezes hope and spits promise unto the consciences of many in American citizenry . The Joe Biden Presidential inauguration on the 20th of January 2021 was stitched by roaring song and dance , the usual tradition military parade , raving topnotch speeches, the American national Anthem , the adrenalin-busting anticipated and long awaited speech by the incoming president. Among those that graced this grandiose presidential gig was the prolific youthful poet laureate of America AMANDA GORMAN currently trending on the digital waves not for gracing the event but for her powerful and mind-raving spoken word rendition . Her poetic voice buried deep in the sands of political history, the blisters of violence , the scars of verbal abuse , the rot of political corruption as characterized by Trump presidency . And thus her poem THE HILL WE CLIMB gave Americans a great promise , the light of hope and rays of resilience as they peep into the future holding on to the leadership talent of the newly inaugurated Joe Biden. The opportunity given to AMANDA GORMAN is a water-tight signal as to how the incoming American administration respect young voices , the power of words , freedom of expression and arts culture. Poets remain a strong voice to shape revolutions and their politics .Aluta Continua , AMANDA GORMAN- ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
GERALDINE SINYUY is a revered Cameroonian Scholar , an accomplished Writer and a prolific Storyteller . Sinyuy has recently published a sizzling , mind-boggling but blood ticking and immensely didactic collection of fairytales titled ,MUSIC IN THE WOOD AND OTHER FOLKTALES( Footprint Publishing ,Malawi, 2020). Her undertaking of this rare literary genre mesmerizes and as well boggles the mind of the modern reader. The telling or writing of fairytales by Sinyuy positively rekindles the flames of our ancient wisdom ,candles of our heritage and fires of our beautiful past. Fairytales play an integral role in retracing our African identity , wisdom , morality and ancient wisdom. The collection MUSIC IN THE WOOD AND OTHER FOLKTALES seeks to remind modern Africa of their rich cultural /moral past and as it exhibits the beauty of African traditions , identity and literary dignity . By writing this trendsetting gig of fairytales , Dr . Geraldine Sinyuy qualifies herself as an ambassadorial brand of African storytelling and cultural identity. She is our African story . Her beautiful but intriguing collection of stories is flighted on the digital walls of Amazon and other online bookshelves. I have included one story for your read in this profile exhibition . ALUTA CONTINUA- ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
he VIRGIN OF SAROVA is a psychical -raving , emotional-rattling and fast -paced traditional narrative spiritedly penned by fast rising Kenyan storyteller , Writer , broadcaster and educationist ANNE NJENGA . The surprises , twists within turns coupled with ever -mounting conflict , decadent grip of patriarch , hypocrisy , dark romance and unmatchable humor is silver-water crystal clear indication that Njenga is undoubtedly one of the great promise of the African story . She tells the story with the drama of a rock rabbit and the verve of lightening jolt . This powerfully- packed short story reveals grim experiences under the grinding grip of patriarchy - ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
VONGAI MONICA MUJAKACHI, Your Poetry is a mouth-watering beef-biltong dipped in soul soup of simplified verbiage , astounding wit and marrow-rattling truth. Reading through your hair- raising versifications repented me once again to realize that they are daughters of this great earth born with rays of light boxed in their hearts , Poetry DNA carved onto their blood streams and likewise the blessing of a golden pen , their sickle of truth placed onto their gifted hands . Your poetry is a thud of truth reverberating red foothills of home. It is a drumbeat- throb of reason pop and cracking the minds of dozing readers . Your poetic recollections surpass your age . You are counted among the future of African Voices of Poetry . Your diligent delving into hot -soup matters of domestic violence , internal and emotional suffering , confessional poetry , psychical/emotional testimonies and your bold chronicling of COVID19 menace is a testimony that you are generational poet we can invest our confidence as our r representative of human kind. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in profiling Vongai Monica Mijakachi , a fast rising Zimbabwean based Artist based in Germany .ALUTA CONTINUA- ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
The resistance poet in Poetry Chef Michael Dickel wields his frying spoon with that amazing verve of a militant word-master and that astounding zeal of a chronicler cum griot cum protest poet. He fries and roasts the 6th January American political gaffe into a beautiful poetry gourmet ( fusion of visual arts , graphics and poetry) as perpetuated by the tyrant and autocratic regime of Donald Trump at Capitol Hill . Archaisms and political corruption that has since plunged the once all powerful America into the status of a Banana Republic hovel , a war mongering nation and a military state on record as lecturing several countries across the globe on ethos of non-violent elections, freedom of expressions , human rights and democracy . Dr.Dickel uses powerful grim visual imagery , sorry historical allusions exposing the stark nudity of a system that have thrived on punishing other nations through perpetuation of wars , life-biting economic sanctions and other threatening vices. Every resistant poet is a rebel with a CAUSE and with this Poetry Chef Dickel bravely speaks truth to power and he rebukes dictatorial organizations and autocratic clubs to repent and toe the democratic line as their devilish machinations has since plunged the world in turmoil's of terrorism , war , hunger , disease and global decay . Dickel is a prolific master of letters , a Dexter of poetry, a literary arts scholar . He writes beautiful poetry on the rough pleats of political denims . This article is adapted and is originally published by Dr. Michael Dickel at his web-journal(https://michaeldickel.info/). Poets are pen messiahs using literary consciousness and poetic dexterity to heal the world blistered with scars of war , boils of racism , wounds of political violence and blisters of tyranny . ALUTA CONTINUA - ( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Megha Sood , Your poetry is a spiderweb of bone-marrow truth coughed out of decades of resilience and resistance .And sneezed from years roasted in sizzling pots of literary consciousness and psychical revolutions . The verbal vintage and pit-belly poetic depth signals unmatched dexterity of a pen-slinger cum griot graffitiing proverbial psalms on rough mats of the rainbow. Metaphors tidily polishing our evil -gripped earth with calamine of reason and lotions of wisdom from the stench of mental snoring .Poetry that walks again dead men into life .Your boldness transfigures our somber world into sobriety .Rhythm that resurrects sleeping souls to sing along and jive to the reverberating beat of the coming dawn . Your poetry is a sacred blessing gifted to Kings from ancient epochs onto modern times . Psychical prowess , verbal dexterity and the heart -thudding rhythm are triplets dictating the literary vitality of this nerve-wrecking but mindboggling poetry submission. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in archiving and profiling an globally acclaimed anthologist , poet extraordinaire, Hallowed Digital Poetry Artivist ,Proflic Curator and Poet Megha Sood .This is dope.( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
The Numbering at Bethlehem After Pieter Bruegel They have not gathered to enjoy themselves, their full pockets will soon be emptied. A mother struggles to hold her little boy next to the tax gatherer’s desk. A woman cooks outside, her two children play nearby, her husband hurries to help; the … Continue reading Three Poems by Chiara Salomoni, WordCity Monthly Dec/20 Issue4
First December in Lawrence, Kansas I spelled its name in my mind, extatic, eyes on the fresh visa in my Romanian passport: A M E R I C A. I hadn’t foreseen crossing a baseball diamond on foot in Lawrence, Kansas, the shortcut to the University bus station. Early morning. Snow up to my … Continue reading Christmas Poems by Daniela Hendea, WordCity Monthly Dec2020 Issue4