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.
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).
Real poetry spews hard truth into itching for -death eyes of goblin like blood-sucking unrepentant warlords. Real Poetry scalds to the inner-deepest core the corruption oiled skins of double bellied political fat- cats with their long -tyranny cracked hands wiping human freedoms off this our once peaceful and sacred earth. Real poetry spanks heavily onto the bolt nut skulls of die-hard racial supremacists killing innocence in broad daylight. Jane Spoken word, yours is not only art for the sake of art. Yours is a verve of resistance. It is verbal recipe of resilience, revolutionary. Your protest lines heave with sorrowful tears of mothers who lost wombs in the charcoal of racial madness. Your imagery is pregnant with vitriol heavy in the hearts of devilish political demigods. And more to it, your lyrical gymnastics is highly captivating, your ability to connect, street slang and traditional Oxford diction amounts to dexterity. You are the Voice of the Voiceless. You speak and write for the living and the dead. The marrow and bone of your verse is unbreakable. You are the brand literary arts ambassador of hard truth. You represent protest, resistance and resilience voices. Your verses are cactus spikes that dig in the iron fists of tyrants. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC celebrates with you in speaking truth to political power. We cherish your candidness as your words prevail along with our new culture of resistance against racist-supremacist killings #BLACKLIVESMATTER. We chant protest, we fist up resistance. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Legendary Writer and renowned Poetry Artist Richard Modiano, your poetry sizzles with the richness of ripe grapefruit growing out from the vast fertile lands around the great river Gariep. The incessant dance -inciting beat throbbing from your rhythmic verses is like ritual song passionately sung by motherly angels from the inner depth of San Fernando Valleys. The realities and complexities of living trends in human society as presented in your poetry set is a correct signal of how you as a doyen of truth speaks spiking truth against wrong revolutions and warped mentality. Your literary consciousness awakens us from the deep slumber of wrong life terrains and teaches us to walk so righteously. Your submission is a poetic baptism of our wretched earth gripped by the hard grit of paradox. Your head pricking spiking truth is revolutionary. And your loyalty to the poetry kindred is unmatchable. In this your prolific set of your poems have dedicated to another great wordsmith Rob Plath and acclaimed Writer Danny Baker. Wonderful. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC People are seized with great pride and are fervently tickling with profound joy that you agreed to be featured and profiled on this our up and rising digital Writers Centre. We are proud to publish great poetry and the rich profile of multi-gifted, award winning, internationally acclaimed, distinguished Artist and Legendary Poet Richard Modiano. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Your diligently baked poetic lines transcending from biblical allusions, patriotism, spirituality, ideology and reason. All these thus the essence of a true poet. Lyrical Dexter, Isabel Bermudez, you roast diction into soul -fulfilling verse, the same way Xhosa women diligently make frikkadels out of sunflower oil and dough. In those Xhosa homes, when every dawn you hear frying pans hissing with cooking oil from caressing torment of wood-fire baking frikkadels. Your poems are fulfilling and your lines are fat with reason and rich with consciousness. Your imagery is profoundly vivid and is deliciously sumptuous like beef -roast in Masai kitchens. As a willing reader, a keen consumer of your excellent art of words like we do to well-matured red wines and road runner-village chicken roast. Am contended with the extent of artistic prowess and amount of creative excellence. And I have no doubt that a host of other readers share the same positive reader conclusion with me. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC continues to maintain its artistic relationship with Colombian Literary Arts Community by featuring the prolific educator, internationally adored artist, film maker, widely published poet and multi-award-winning author Isabel Bermudez- (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).
The reader will find many questions and few answers, and that is because life is a constant quest. The reader is then afforded a chance to think, and in doing so, possibly empower the self to a better human. Topics range from why divisions exist between races, to the vagaries of injustices as recorded by history. The great theme of being in mortal man ruling kin with the hands of self-appointed god-head raises the question of morality and truth as presented by those with an agenda other that general good to all. Love, whether for fellow man, Country of deity are themes that preoccupy many a poem. The motif of the Bridge which this book borrows so generously from, is symbol of the interconnectedness all there is in our world. From past eternity, through history and movement of people to belief systems that pit one group against another. The book asks for the reader to engage his/her mind in a renewed manner. There is hope for humanity even at the worst of times. Nancy Ndeke is an avid reader who writes as much. Nancy draws her writings from both observed living and personal experiences. She is a child of nature by the fate of birth having been born and bred in a rural setting before climate change vagaries became a reality. Through school and travel, her eyes experienced the wholeness of the other enriching her further. Her work experience in was ravaged countries further brought to her the sad reality and tragedy of wars-( Blurb by NANCY NDEKE)
Tales of a Pen Lord is simply a complex journey through the vast experiences of the labyrinth called Life.It is an exquisite lens that delves deep into the tapestry
of life and all that constitutes it.It is a rare fabric of many colors aptly twined and entwined by the sturdy quill of a brilliant Word Smith.It's a powerful concoction sweetly brewed in a poetic kitchen and graciously touches on all themes ; ranging from love to suicide. It is a swing of fate swinging like a pendulum unveiling all matters that affect man as an individual and man as a strand in the web of mankind and it is a great pointer,outlining contours that guard and guide humanity.It is a timely gift to humanity,poured out from the cores of a passionate writer's heart.
Tales of a Pen Lord is indeed a must read for it has all the savory ingredients to make any reader salivate, feed and feast upon.It is a good Paradigm exhibiting the abilities and potentials of Poets of the new Era-( Blurb by Benedixio Moore Khoti).
The name Cuthbert Maziwa whistles clearly and ululates loudly in most Zimbabwean artists ears. Maziwa is a renowned a multi genre Zimbabwean musician, artist and singer, an acclaimed guitar stringer, accomplished arts administrator and a veteran Arts and Culture Festival Curator. He is an expert in creating, developing and curating arts ideas into living creative testimonies. The legend has been at helm of the National Arts of Zimbabwe an arts regulatory body in Zimbabwe , at the epicenter of turning around the Murehwa Arts Culture Centre, a UNESCO recognized and internationally renowned arts and cultural heritage hub in Zimbabwe famed of its decorated cultural dances , on top of them all being Jerusarema mbende also UNESCO certified. For years Legendary Maziwa has been coordinating and curating the Mashonaland East Cultural Arts Festival concurrently with Jerusarema Mbende Festival. AMAZING. Maziwa is famed of founding the globally profiled music arts organization, Music Crossroads that has been now turned into a full music and arts school. The prolific Maziwa is unstoppable. His fervent passion for arts is remarkable. His footprints are undeletable. He was part of legends who realized the need to award dancing troupes and young traditional musicians usually sidelined to the peripheral edges of arts opportunities, so they initiated Chibuku Neshamwari Arts Festival and that awarding festival has created a lot of promising talent and has created livelihoods for many artists and their families. Currently Cuthbert Maziwa is Executive Director National Training and Conference of Arts in Zimbabwe, NATCAZ, a non-governmental organization platform which is aimed and dedicated to the growth of arts and cultural industries in Zimbabwe. TIME OF THE LEGEND is overjoyed to feature a doyen of Zimbabwean music, veteran of cultural arts practice, a well-travelled cultural programs administrator and a multi- gifted arts festivals curator Cuthbert Maziwa.
Veteran Poet David Leo Sirois, you are not only wearing your poetry robe but you have also donned a teaching garb. Your poetry carry that verve of moral instruction. Your thought provoking biblical allusions and head tilting imagery are a refreshment of social consciousness . Iam thoroughly wowed by your choice of diction and the word economics thereof places you into the class of extraordinary English page poets , a special mention to Robert Frost and TS. Elliot . As such ,I have again picked and pocketed from your metaphoric fruit tree, some literary wisdom of John Donne , Yeats and Keats , the metaphysical poets . Your hybrid fusion of traditions , your own ingenuity and modernistic writing is mesmerizing and fulfills the consumer , the reader the way original fruit juice does to ever gormandizing kindergartens , And then followed by a loud belch there after , a natural signal of fulfillment and satisfaction. We continue to imbibe your verses of wisdom and graze through pages with that willing keenness of a new lover , we greedily gormandize your moral instruction and social consciousness like monkeys fervently shelling peanuts in feilds of promise or like bees passionately drinking sweet honey from the hive of plenty .TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is honored to feature and profile above all excellence and prowess in the personality , international renowned spoken-word arts curator and acclaimed literature hub producer Poet David Leo Sirois