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CATHERINE MAGODO- MUTUKWA is a prolific and a multi award-winning Zimbabwean voice in the diaspora. Her verses are bold, pregnant with reason and they drip the honey of wise counsel. Her voice is motherly, as she rebukes fellow women to rise, to speak out and to raise the fist of resistance and thrash barbarism. The imagery abound beautifies her art of poesy. MUTUKWA is a literary combatant standing up bravely for the pains and glories of motherhood and womanhood. A legendary advocate of girl child. A literary sniper and her bullets are heft with truth, as they fire directly into the belly of male -chauvinism and scalds innards of of sexist demons. Her realism shrapnel whips fellow kindred sisters to resurrect from the doom of gloom of yester year slumber, to rise from tattered laurels and embrace the glory of resistance and the warm sunrays of resilience.   A SISTERS KEEPER. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC salutes the iconic chronicler CATHERINE MAGODO-MUTUKWA by featuring her poetic insignia on our digital pages on this day of our God, the Almighty and Again we are humbled as we celebrate Africa Day with our literary Arts Legendary. ALUTA CONTINUA (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).

 

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 EMPTY  (ForWomenWhoLostChildren)

She said,

I keep staring at this emptiness

where my ‘whole’ used to be

but

there’s a ‘hole’ now

remembering

the ‘everything’ that imposed

‘nothing’ on me…

nothing to hold and nothing to

behold

except for the memories…

from the day I laid my eyes on

him to the last day I laid him

to rest,

My silence buried him,

watching it all in muffled stillness,

I was too afraid of the words

I~I would say

the words that were burning hot

things inside of me,

the words that are still burning

without ending…

For now

allow me a moment of sadness

and grief

Its been a while but the weight

of his loss weighs heavily on me

It’s nestled in the creases of my

hollow heart,

searching for healing in the hidden

parts within me…

Maybe one day I will accept…but

for now I don’t want to forget.

 

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FOR WOMEN ON THE VERGE …………….

 

Woman,

I’m searching for the

words

to put into your mouth

so that

you can find your voice

you’re so desperately seeking for,

am here,

to peel away the layers of made-up strength,

brittle to the touch,

to access the exhausted human within you

who can’t seem to keep up with the charade

so you can be gentle with yourself

Did you tell them?

Did you tell them about the many wars you

had to overcome this morning,

for your feet to touch the ground…

the effort it took to inhale and then exhale

when you would rather not …

about the dousing of a fire that once burnt

fiercely with intense conviction

when the heart was young and unscathed with

experience

about the crumbling down of boldness that you

keep trying to gather and

yet it keeps escaping with the fumes of

suffocated anger

Remember,

your anger does not need an explanation or

permission when you become un-stitched…

 

 

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HOME…

The doors of my mind, there’re refusing

to open

to uncover the mystery that makes

one understand

this tragedy that has become life at

home,

My HOME is on fire, it is burning…

BURNING I tell you!

Allow me to air my frustration, while

I sit here at the edge of dashed hopes.

Deep in the valley of despondency

where my thoughts remain oppressed and

my opinions suppressed and

all these emotions unexpressed,

“Powerless” needs no translation

the words I carry deep inside there’re too

heavy, too heavy for pen and paper,

I can only petition our maker in the

eloquence of my silence.

An attempt to make sense of these agonies

has left so much unsaid

though I feel like shattering, simmering in

anger, struggling to conceal this mental anguish,

I begin to understand the value of my voice

to calm this storm…

 

CATHERINE MAGODO-MUTUKWA hails from an African city down in the southern hemisphere. She is a mother, a poet/writer, a counselor and an advocate for the girl-child and women. She’s very passionate about giving a voice to all those who struggle with the tongue which refuses to give them a language of feelings and expression.Catherine has a BA English and Communication Hons Degree and is the author of several books. She has been anthologized in a number of collections and some of her works are featured in various online magazines both locally and internationally.

                       

 

                                           MEET TIME  OF  THE  POET REPUBLIC eDitor Mbizo CHIRASHA

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Freedom of Speech Fellow to PEN- Zentrum  Deutschland,Germany. Alumni  of the International Human Rights  Arts Festival in New-York, USA.Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie.  Globally Certified  Arts Mediums Curator and Influencer. Internationally Published Page and Spoken Word Poet. Writer in Residence.  Arts for Human Rights Catalyst.  Core Team Member of the Bezine Arts and Humanities Project. His illustrious poetry , hybrid writings , political commentary ,short fiction , book reviews  and Arts Features are published in more  than 400 spaces notably the Monk  Arts and Soul in  Magazine  in United Kingdom. Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. Demer press poetry series in Netherlands. World Poetry Almanac in Mongolia.Poesia journal inSlovenia. Bezine Arts and Humanities Webzine in USA. The Poet a Day in Brooklyn ,USA. Litnet Writers Journal in South Africa. African Crayons in Nigeria. Poetry Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Pulp-pit USA.the FictionalCafe international Journal , Texas USA. Best New African Poetry series in Zimbabwe, Zimbolicious Poetry Collections in Zimbabwe. Co-edited Street Voices International Publications with Andreas Weiland  in Germany.Co-Edited  Silent Voices Anthology, a Tribute to Chinua Achebe. Co-Edited the Corpses of Unity,solidarity collection to victimized Cameroonians with Nsah Mala. Curated and Edited the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry ,Inside Digraceland speaking poetic truth to the Mugabe regime and other bad regimes.  He owns the Time of  the Poet blog zine ,MIOMBOPUBLISHING that published the #GlobalCallforPeaceProject titled the Second of EARTH is Peace.A LETTER to the PRESIDENT his experimental  resistance poetry collection was released  in August 2019 by Mwanaka and Media Publishing.. Co- Authored Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi with Sweta Vikram in India. Good Morning President his first poetry collection was published in 2011  by Zimbabwean published based in United Kingdom, Diaspora Publishers.COVID 19 Satansdeadly fart is forthcoming. Chirasha is  Founder  and the Chief Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal.

TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC-An Internet based Poetry Center,  Archiving Theme based Digital Poetry Anthologies and  Profiling Iconic Poets and Writers.

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