Ambily Omanakuttan, India is land of plenty .It is the Canaan of words . It is blessed with beauty , talent , creativity and promise. Your poetry touches on a myriad of matters and thus extraordinary . You are the golden gift to the writing and creative community .As I drink from your calabash frothing the literary richness , reason , meaning and life . I was fulfilled and am energized to continue carrying the torch of resilience. Your verses got me cranked up and zoomed into seeing the need for global tolerance . Thus the essence of humanity and living .Your poetry is an interdict against purveyors of death , killers of our co-existence and wanton stranglers of our ecosystem .we are charged to know that , we are creators of our own suffering from the damning effects of climate change , environmental degradation , hate speech , disease , droughts and moral decadence . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC sings with you and is holding your hand to continue purveying messages of peace and tolerance. India ,you are the best . Together We Rise-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Jennifer Juneau,I grazed through your amazing poetry, reading your verses is like drinking the best matured and diligently brewed grape wine. It is like walking in a wonderland where the metaphors of the moon shine to the land tormented by the horror of death , where the moon-light wipe tears off grief broken faces , your writings are the milk tightened udders of a well fed cows, the imagery is the illumination of sunlight to the earth once strangled by pandemic, racial stigma and lack . Your dexterity is mesmerizing. Your literary exhibition is a marvel. Your lyrical prowess is prolific. Iam yet to read such wonder, your dictionary is both scholarly and organic. I believe fellow writers, editors and publishers also contend with my conclusions. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly mesmerized to celebrate prowess, dexterity and excellence. This is extraordinary talent. Dear world drink from the literary rich- land of this godly gifted personality accomplished poet, acclaimed writer and high-ranking artist. Salute- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Nothing attracts me more than prowess and dexterity. For with these critical and creative ingredients. We are profoundly psyched up AND our literary consciousness is re-wired. WORLD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is an all-powerful, sweet but infectious read, it haunts the reader forever. It tastes mature like red wine in old wineskins. It smells seasons like first drops of the first rain. Thus, is a scorcher, it strikes the nerves like the giant tongs of the sun during the dry season. It’s a metaphoric blast furnace that blazes and fires up iron hearted earthly dwellers into a repentant humanity of pure steel, we are baptized by the intriguing imagery as we are ritualized by the smoking waters of satire. We are born again. WORLDPLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is heavy with subject matters that transcends from hope, death, disease, ecosystem, cultural anthropologies, biblical allusions, psychical exercises, climate change, menacing pandemics, positive change, race and perception change. WORLD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is poetry that coils your heart caves and you vomit the bile of sins. It blows up your mental boxes, you shiver and weep. It rips off satans doeks to expose zealots, charlatans and political maggots corrupting and rotting the beauty of this our beloved earth. It fumigates the pandemic infested air as the earth fails to breathe due to unbridled human cruelty and wanton sin. It exposes the now sorrowful baldheaded landscapes, once shining with the verve of flora and fauna. The whirlpool arouses the skeletal sandy riverbeds that were once upon havens of laughing hippos, cackling water hens and dancing fish. it is poetry that weeps and as such wiping tears of bereaved mothers that lost so many lives during the menacing seasons of the cantankerous corona virus. It is a beautiful but heart-rending epitaph to black lives lost in barbaric racial battles, a touching eulogy to the earth succumbing to the dramatic effects of climate change, heatwaves and hurricanes. This Wordplay is an embodiment of promise, lost hope, love, loss, pain, sunset and moonshine. It is a spiritual whirlpool to transfigure ill minded political goblins and evil-minded war devils to repent from terrorism and warlords. The lyrical dexterity is superbly concocted with reason , history , spirituality ,identity and more WORD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is a collaborative venture of Kenyan Poetry Tigress Nancy Ndeke and the Colorado Rockies Poetry Lioness Susan Joyner-Stumpf (Review by Mbizo CHIRASHA
Patience Chiyangwa, I got stewed in your sizzling pot hot with nerve -jamming imagery and psyche-wrecking metaphor . Real poetry smacks your dozing mind and then you are re-awakened to see images that seemed invisible of late .It is when each verse beat drums inside your heart- caves . The reality of real poetry sits steadily onto readers belly , the pangs and the pain are ingredients of the consciousness abound . Real poetry bulldozes through uncollected rubbish dumps on the bottoms of cities and exposes the wretchedness within . It dives its way through cholera infested drinking water holes and beat with the frail hearts of dying communities . It smacks heavily on the corruption hardened faces of unrepentant charlatans and double- chinned zealots. Patience Chiyangwa brings a new dose of literary consciousness. Her poetry taste both maturity and prowess. Chiyangwa is an advocate of the hungry , the poor , the raped , the orphaned and the rejected. She is one of the prolific pioneers of Zimbabwean spoken word and page poetry. We are proud to publish creativity , diversity and dexterity in the person of Legendary
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.
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).
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)
Reading Masimba Musodza is equivalent to my usual enjoyment of a sumptuous dish of African mushroom wood-fire cooked by a willing mother , a delicacy . The sequencing of the story HERE BE CANNIBALS is highly captivating and was diligently woven , suspense is the chief ingredient , dialogue is the nourishing salt and the dish is summed up by mounting tension, and tragedy becomes our full course meal, our story . While dialogue within is profoundly intriguing ,as it firmly unlocks the mood of our story , hence depicting morality and pacing our story forward. CRAFTY. HERE BE CANNIBALS exposes to utter nudity the evil , cantankerous and devilish shenanigans of ruthless political demigods and cruel- hearted warlords as they incessantly plant wars through their greedy , dictatorial and insatiable quest bloodletting ,devilish super-power posturing and unrepentant crude -habit of grabbing natural wealth of both military week and politically fragile countries. It depicts the demise of peace at doorsteps and death of human freedoms as guns smash lives to pulp and wars burn our earth to ashes, due to careless perpetuation by back door political charlatans and uncivilized zealots always bent on polishing the devilish egos of warlords with unwarranted filthy praise .Legendary Masimba Musodza is an extraordinary chronicler of events through the art of storytelling . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC proudly presents a distinguished African Zimbabwean Author , a master of speculative fiction and super -storyteller Masimba Musodza-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Awadifo Olga Kili is a highly gifted ,brave and resilient internationally recognized Ugandan poet and chronicler .The poetess is widely spreading her literary golden wings and while her verses are bold and they speak resilience .She wields her pen bravely , her life carving chisel as she responds to the plight of the girl child with the cuddle fist of a mother , fist of resistance . The roar of her voice reverberates the Nyiragongo mountains and trembles villages and hills beyond her motherland, Uganda. Tenacity is her DNA and her zeal to learn and to practice are natural human ingredients enriching and paving smoothly the paths of her writing career. She never had allowed her mind to doze in her journey to success and her bones to sleep in her quest for human liberation. We are proud to be associated with Poet and human rights activist like Awadifo Kili attaching her writing prowess to the plight of the girl-child community. Extraordinary. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC proudly exhibits the profile , the new book ECHOES OF WAILS and some poems of the resilient, creative, determined, talented and multi-gifted personality, a rising poet, prolific chronicler and a human rights lawyer in the making. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC supports diversity of ideas, cultures, dreams and races. We are proud to present AWADIFO OLGA KILI with her new poetry collection ECHOES OF WAILS in both English and French versions. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).