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.
hen a wordsmith masters the art of paradox, the lyrical presentation is usually immersed in spirited waters of love, raging waves of protest and heart raving belly pit passion. Greek lyricist and Poet Eva Petropoulou Lianoy masters the art of paradox, imagery sparkles with traces of defiance and is then stirred together with remnants of lost affection, the concoction becomes poetry, real poetry is a beverage we drink and we sleep with our sandals. It is a half rolled imboza heavily clutching on our word -hardened skulls from night to dawn. I drink paradox like we do to profoundly matured Kgalagadi red wine. TIME OF POET REPUBLIC is proud to present the profile feature of the acclaimed Greek lyricist, International recognized Writer of children literatures and Prolific literary arts projects curator Eva Petropoulou Lianoy. Together We Rise (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)
ALAN BRITT has been nominated for the 2021 International Janus Pannonius Prize awarded by the Hungarian Centre of PEN International for excellence in poetry from any part of the world. Previous nominated recipients include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Bernstein and Yves Bonnefoy. Preferring to "lean and loafe at his ease," he is troubled by the corruption and ambivalence that permeates the Great Experiment, so politically speaking he has started the Commonsense Party, which ironically to some sounds radical. He believes the US should stop invading other countries to relieve them of their natural resources including tin, copper, bananas, diamonds, and oil, also that it’s time to eliminate corporate entitlements and reduce military spending in order to properly educate its citizenry, thereby reducing crime and strengthening the populace in the manner that the Constitution envisioned. He is quite fond of animals both wild and domestic and supports prosecuting animal abusers. As a member of PETA, he is disgusted by factory farming and decorative fur. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars he now teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.
CAROLYNE M.ACEN is a rising and prolific verses carver, literalist and spoken word artist. When you read through her lines you easily can easily fall from metaphorical seizures and allegoric epilepsy .Her poetry is heart throbbing and brain thumping . You need to armor yourself with poetry combat as you get trapped in the spiritual realms of poetic gods or goddesses . I want to say Acen’s verses flow rapidly like gushing river. Blood rippling. Heart ripping. Acen is surely an Afro-Floetic Queen. Uganda you birthed a Poetic Queen. Makerere here is a new petal of Ugandan literary revolution. For submissions ,more information and creative vibes contact the Curator/Editor MBIZO CHIRASHA at firstname.lastname@example.org,
GENE BERRY is a multi –talented literist , poet of distinction and distinguished Arts Therapist from Ireland .He is a renowned literary arts teacher ,Page and Spoken word expert and has graced numerous literature ,poetry and book festivals across the world . MiomboPublishing is excited because the Icon Berry becomes the first Irish to be featured in this blog journal since its inception. So this is a special feature for a special literary legendary Gene Berry. His bio summary speaks volumes about his literary endeavors and prowess throughout the years. Gene Berry is a master in using art as a form of therapy, humanity and healing and he has been using poetry as a medium of therapy among other projects. Alta Continua.
MIOMBO- Good morning Lagos . Good Morning Abuja . Good Morning Soyinka . Good morning Adichie . Good morning Nigeria .Nigeria your other name is POETRY. Last night I received a pouch full of kolanut :Poetry. STAR OKPEH is a Young Nigeria Poet of class. She writes precise though skin peeling and mind boggling verse. Nigeria I say to … Continue reading STAR OKPEH , Nigeria’s Rising Princess of Verse.
DICTATOR’S SONS - Milking the state until udders bleed. Black market moguls farting wind of rich diamond ore. Fat cats belching out ethanol and malt whisky. Political siblings singing faking new revolutionary gospel. Dictator’s sons took after their autocratic demigod. Frying corruption frikadels in shame sodden parliament chambers. Swigging extorted coffee on nepotistic wet cabinet … Continue reading Journal 52:DICTATOR’S SONS