THE AFTERMATH – (August Edition)


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)

Poet Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, your DNA is Dexterity carved on the marrow plaque of Prowess.


Your verses are sickle spikes of truth, their marrow is satire and their bone are metaphor. The DNA is dexterity carved on the plaque of literary prowess. The skull spanking lines profoundly sparkle like porcupine barbs from the resilient glint of sun rays. Antonia, your poems bury rags of misery, red- eyes of nostalgia, pricking thorns of quandary and grinding stones of grief in deep belly pit emotional parody and mind tilting word play comics. Poet Antonia Alexandra Klimenko uses the lyrical vintage and verbal bravado to speak history, death, loss, identity, pain and belonging. Her philosophical verses are socially, spiritually and politically fulfilling. Her poesy is original, confessional and is born out of a labyrinth of highly psychic charged thought processes. Another unique nutrient in your writing is our hybrid, they have symptoms of spoken word and page poetry. The depth in meaning and flexibility of reason qualifies the poems to be adapted into bestselling short films, cinematographic. Reading Antonia Alexandra Klimenko is a lifetime achievement, you get fulfilled with the art-tainment within and infotainment abound, you might beat an African djembe for ritual poetry dance. Antonia Alexandra Klimenko is a multi award winning spoken word artist and an international acclaimed page poet. She is the current Poet/ Writer in Residence of Spoken Word Paris , an illustrious poetry reading and performance organization in Paris, France. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is wholesomely proud to publish Antonia Alexandra Klimenko, our first legendary poetry artist from France to grace our TIME OF THE REPUBLIC space. We continue to promote a diversity of ideas, tolerance, creativity, inclusivity and exclusivity. ALUTA CONTINUA- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)

BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL58:GRIOTS OF TUKU SAMANYANGA (A Special Tribute)


    PROLOGUE by Mbizo Chirasha (Curator) “I did not only herd cattle, I watched rainbows scribbling metaphors on the sun. The bald headed moon nodded to my villager’s silhouette every night .Iam a village griot counting Pythagoras and reading Oxford . I treaded the mountains pathways of Mavuradonha , listening to the wind of … Continue reading BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL58:GRIOTS OF TUKU SAMANYANGA (A Special Tribute)