Rwandan Poet and youth activist, Akimana Divine writes bold verses that speak to all young people of her nation and beyond. She exposes moral decadence and other vices that corrupt the lives and dignity of her generation. Her poetic hymns are original, genuine and emanate from inner depth pit of herself. The heart-seizing passion, the mind raving rhythm and abundant reason illustrate her love of her people and her respect to the dignity of humanity. She writes this poetry volume with the voice of a teenager, despite her being of an old, thus the collection projects her life experiences, memories and tragedies she encountered during her teenage years. Divine's SCARS THAT SHAPE US is a testimony that she is a true voice of the youth, the voiceless, the abused, the poor and the vulnerable. This poetry collection is a story that carries voices of young African people and a voice representing those suffering in the dungeons of poverty, locked in chains of deliquesces and imprisoned behind the high walls of decadence. It is prose –poetry collection of an up and coming poet. She carries the promise of Rwanda, Africa and the globe. She is a wonderful daughter of Africa using her poetry voice to speak the truth, child rights, youth freedoms, disease, evils, delinquency and more.
Mine is not Arts for the sake of Arts. It is a revolutionary INSGINA carved into the artistic plaque of my DNA to speak FREEDOM of expression and then freedom after EXPRESSION. The footprints of my revolutionary walk are dipped in the paths of RESISTANCE. My Ideological Swag -word is CREATIVITY. My spiritual birth mark is RESILIENCE. My revolutionary slogan is a nonviolent but a poetic fist of MASS INSTRUCTION. I am non-selfish believer. I adore to take on head bashing challenges head on. I value brew and experiment positively with ideas and there- after bring contentment to humanity. My triplet principles are INCLUSIVITY, DIVERSITY and EXCLUSIVITY. I write for the demoralized and dehumanized to awaken their mental eyes to see candle lights of FREEDOM and like wise to realise that their ballot casts are used fatten political hyenas and insatiable tyrannical systems in corrupt stinking corridors of power -through my insight- ful-torch bearing hybrid memoirs, peasant hoe hardened skull grazing poetic verses, rhythm creamed short fiction mind raving book reviews and nerve grinding political commentary.I chant RESISTANCE with my pen of DEFIANCE. I roast dictatorial regimes with metaphoric acid and disinfect our earth from cantankerous political fungi with ironic calamine lotion. I am a prophet baptizing unrepentant corruption fat cats with acidic spit of pen. The bullets of my pen dig the truth hidden in the potbellies of propaganda zealots, extortion itching double chins of political pundits, fake election manifestos of revolutionary rejects and sloganeering palms of ideological imbeciles drunk with illicit propaganda cocaine.
This a Time of the Poet Republic 2021 NewYear Present to Prolific Wordsmith and Publishing Maestro . Lundy partners with Poetry Chef Michael Dickel at IS A ROSE publishing gig . IS A ROSE has since catalogued hallowed literalists and pen -slingers that includes Professor DeWitt Clinton( In By a Lake Near a Moon: Fishing with the Chinese Masters, a collection of 114 poems) . And so many other poetry writing gems . Gary Lundy has a myriad of his thought-provoking and mind- jamming versifications published by several journals ,magazines and webzines in United States of America and abroad. The rarity of his voice is nerve-wrecking ,the depth of his verbiage is trendsetting and the psychical vintage is profoundly astounding .I managed to graze through raving reviews of his chapbooks( When Voices Detach Themselves) and I got entangled into the prowess within , the dexterity abound is catalytic enough for me to write up a literary arts prescription of this great poetic luminary stationed at IS A ROSE publishing center. This profile instalment serves the vital purpose of inspiring other established and rising poets from across the world and also a profile AD lead for you fellow readers to get know of the existence of IS A ROSE publishing gig and the literary legends behind this great literary arts and book publishing stable -( 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).
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)
Laura Grevel, You are a brilliant wordsmith sanctified by the incense of paradox, anointed by holy -waters of allusion. Your lyrical standards are beyond reach similarly to a fully ripened succulent yellow mango fruit hidden somewhere onto the apex of mother- tree. Your prosaic – poetry vehemently beat the zenith of our psychical boxes and incessantly rave our blood streams .You roast spirits and their dreams in oil pans of your metaphor .You stew lives and promises in hot pots of burning irony. Your poetry is timeless. Worries, abundance, poverty, light and decay are all weaved onto the seam lines and pleats of your word-smiting. Your metaphors are bold and your voice is brave .Your poetry is a proverbial mix of cultural interpretations, spiritual promise, political meandering, literary dexterity, moral juxtapositions and social decay. It is potpourri of decadent humanity, struggling live hoods, politically veiled freedoms, disguised merriments and unions of conveniences ready to explode .Your poetry is truth carved onto the mirror of paradox and fleecy of irony. Truth that is true and does not sit steadily in the heart caves of many readers. Truth that rattles eardrums of the expectant audience .Truth that coils into souls like worms of anxiety. Truth that wipes the mist of hypocrisy, fogs of conspiracy and clears the dew of sugar – coated but pretentious diplomacy. Iam yet to find such heart pounding whims of truth on this clay earth. Grevel, we are profoundly gratified to archive your creativity , listening and reading your thought provoking poetry. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is humbled and yet excited to be associated with such immense talent, dexterity is not your distant cousin and prowess is disciple (BLURB by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Reza Raza, your poetry is drips the paradoxical honey of maturity. As we walk through the beehives of promise, we are embraced by the fortune of long time - fermented verses of wisdom. Your highly spirited versifications creatively dipped in your brilliantly simplified dictionary are a testimony of your writing dexterity and psychical prowess. Your destiny is a golden castle of literary stardom. Raza, you are a gigantic voice, speaking freedom and renewed promise of the great land of Bangladesh. Your artistically stubbed verses are succulent with wholesome reason concocted with the beauty of lyrically –rimmed subject matters. This poetry instalment is an infotainment and didactic blessing to humanity. Your land remains rich with the treasures of poetry craft and wordsmithing as planted by you and your fellow bards .TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly prided in archiving such an illustrious voice birthed and bread from the paradoxical land of Bangladesh in the name of distinguished translator, highly rated wordsmith and widely anthologized poet Reza Raza-(Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Writing is my true passion. I am grateful to all the editors who have published my work and who have nominated me for Pushcart Prizes, The Million Writers Award and a Sundress Best of the Net award.You could find my work online and in journals such as the A Gathering of the Tribes, Cafe Review, Cimarron Review, Cincinnati Review, Columbia Journal, Evergreen Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Live Mag!, Long-Islander, Pank, Passages North, Portland Review, Seattle Review, Verse Daily and so on.My first novel called ÜberChef USA (Spork Press) is available in bookstores worldwide and on Amazon everywhere. I have written one short story collection called Maze and a poetry collection titled More Than Moon, which was a National Poetry Series finalist, due out 2020 from Is a Rose Press.At the moment, I am working on my second novel and a second poetry collection.Currently, I live in New York City where I am active in poetry and prose readings in Brooklyn and on the lower east side of Manhattan. I have featured at such venues as Caffe Vivaldi, KGB Bar, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Parkside Lounge, Pete’s Candy Store and Three of Cups Lounge -( Poet Jennifer Juneau , WordPress.com)