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MIOMBO BLURB: Slovenia is a country choked to the brim by poets and thesipians . Cities buzz with spoken word and theatre perfomance gigs .Streets bubble and boil with budding slam poetry and standup comedians. Slovenia is a country birthed by the Gods to educate , to communicate , to speak , to entertain ,to engage and to dialogue through creative writing and perfomance Arts .One great name not to missed in the Slovenian arts and literary circles is KRISTIAN KOŽELJ , a distinguished page and performance poet ,Originator of Slovenian slam poetry and Celje Poetry Festival . Kozelj is a highly acclaimed theatre actor, producer and mentor of distinction carrying the Slovenian flag high.


he inherited from his mother,
along with the debts, two clay pots
of oleander and rosemary.
one day, when he was out buying alcohol,
a girl shoved a christmas cactus
into his hands. it was december
and it had forty-two vibrant blooms.
the cactus gave the room some colour
and he took care of it
as though it were a child.
one evening, when another woman
packed her bags,
he threw it out the window, drunk.
ten silent floors lower,
it shattered, and the blooms
fluttered like dying fireflies.

somewhere along the way,
the oleander and the rosemary had dried as well.



to be despite
to know the winds
to know the names of the sails
and the drowned
to count
one’s sandstones
to sort them
into red and white
chipped and whole
saturated with
faded ink
with whispered promises
of reclining backs
the daisy
at your feet
will never be a tree
branches will never
caress your eyes
when did you last blush
covering a girl?
you’re light
you’re alone
the more you’re light
the more you’re alone
the more it’s night
the more it’s death


is a holy place
where we come
to say goodbye –
to life above all
day and night
there are pyres burning
on the banks of rivers
women tearing their veils
beating their breasts
in ritual mourning
hired for an appropriate fee
they scream with silent mouths
and the decrepit elephant
who blessed you
as a girl
is dying


if in any city
you sit down on a river bank
with a sketchbook in hand
and it’s early spring
and the exact time of day
when the sun breaks
at a certain angle
through the gaps in the treetops
the reflections on the surface
will appear like the faces
who before leaving
spoke to you much
about love
in that moment
every riverfront is
manikarnika ghat
and every river the ganges
and there are giant turtles
that feed on the scorched
remains of corpses
on a blank piece of paper
you practise your signature
though the name is unfamiliar
you are neither this hand foot
arm nor face
nor any part of you
nor another paraphrase
nor quotation
the funfairs the monasteries
and the brothels have taught you
that life cannot be
relished in a single night
later when you climb
the stone embankment
and the brambles
twist around your ankles
the youngest of the faces
will speak
your name will splash against a rock
and for a moment you’ll be tempted
to look back


the square in front of the train station
could be any of the six squares in this city
and the fountain on it
any of the three thousand fountains in this country
and when the bells of a nearby church toll
it could be any of the countless churches in this world
any of the seven billion people
might sit down on the bench beside you
but the square has a name
the fountain has a name
the church has a name
and she who has sat down beside you
has a name
and her hair smells
like sandalwood



KRISTIAN KOŽELJ (1984) is a Slovenian poet, essayist, actor, mentor and acting coach.
In October 2018 his first book of poetry, Muzej zaključenih razmerij (Museum of Broken Relationships), was published by Slovenian publisher Hiša poezije in Ljubljana.His poems and essays were published in all major Slovenian magazines for literature as well as two major online magazines LUD Literatura and Poiesis.
In addition his works were translated and published in Croatian magazines: Artikulacije, Poezija and Književnost uživo as well as Serbian magazine Avangrad.
He has been a guest at several internationa poetry festivals in Slovenia and abroad.In 2018 he received an award for best Slovenian essay for a piece titled Igralčeva zaobljuba (The Actors Vow), presented by the oldest and most prominent Slovenian magazine for literature Sodobnost.In recent years he has been active in the field of performance/ spoken word poetry. He is one of the initiators of slam poetry movement in Slovenia as well as the former national slam vice champion, a title he clinched on the very first Slovenian nationals.
Unhappy with the general quality of poetry among slam poets he has begun researching other ways to fuse poetry and performance, focusing especially on music.
In August 2018 he founded an international poetry festival Izrekanja in his native town Celje. The festival is dedicated to exploring and presenting the best examples of poetry in performance as well as bringing together creative individuals to co-create in friendly and professional atmosphere.

He extends his work to youth as their mentor for poetry and creative writing as a guest teacher at Gimnazija Celje-Center since 2016.

He is also a member of Brothers Vajevec Actors Studio in Ljubljana where he has been exploring acting method of Lee Strasberg for seven years. Currently he performs Alessandro Baricco’s monologue Novecento. He is also a co-menthor of Celje Theatre School, alongside Tina Kosi, MA. Since 2012 he mentored five youth performances, three of which have attended international theater festivals in Prague (Czech Republic), Zrenjanin (Serbia) and Eupen (Belgium).


Curated by MBIZO CHIRASHA Recipient of PEN Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant (2017) Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized Writer, 2017 African Partner of the International Human Rights Arts Festival Exiled in Africa Program in New York.2017 Grantee of the EU- Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund. Resident Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe, Originator of Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. African Contributor to the Table of Words Demer Press International Poetry anthology edited by Hannie Rouweler in Netherlands. Solidarity Member of Global Alliance for Politics and Arts. African Participant to the 2014-2020 World Poetry Almanac Anthologies series in Mongolia edited by Hadaa Sendoo. Co-Editor of German Africa Bilingual Collection with German International Translator Andreas Weiland in 2016 (http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html).2003 Zimbabwean Young literary Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden ( presented at Nordic Africa institute, Swedish Writers union , SIDA Diplomatic luncheon , Radio Dialogue , Swedish International library Association , Sweden National Education Summit).2009 Poet in residence of ICACD ,international Conference of Africa Culture and Development courtesy of African Culture Development Institute .Founder of the GIRLCHILDCREATIVITY PROJECT. Curator of MIOMBOPUBLISHING, miombopublishing.wordpress.com and PERSONALITIES OF INSPIRATION, personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com.


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