Kalpna Singh-Chitnis , Your poetry is a refined discord of nostalgia, a collage of warped dreams suffering from racial disparity and cultural torment. Your versifications are teeth gritting plea and heart-rending yearn of a migrant with her spirits dipped in soul draining loneliness, heart-pricking isolation and mind-tilting exclusion. A voice . A wonderful and powerful voice crying out loud to be heard by all climes and also by those within. Your poetry pricks , raves and rattles the heart of the reader. Your usual/actual audience are communities that experienced /experiencing the pain of migration , pangs of refuge-living , grinding lifestyles of exiles ,politically induced migrations , the plight economic exiles, victims of xenophobia and those racially/culturally whipped by winds of discrimination and whirlwinds of social exclusion. Your linguistic presentation is marked by verbal simplicity and as well decorated with depth in meaning . The rhythm is engaging and the reason is involving .You are a poetic voice qualified to be read , heard and learnt. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC remains persistent, resilient and prolific in archiving , featuring and publishing extraordinary voices in the name of Kalpna Singh-Chitnis
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.
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).
As do the souls of Men reflected on their actions and words in this arena of the incessant flow of the River of life that answers to humanity. From the land of the Brave (USA) and other accolades from history, comes James Coburn, a world acclaimed master story teller in verse. From the heart of Africa, the cradle of man, is the great griot black poet Mbizo Chirasha who has remained a fugitive from his home country of Zimbabwe for his courage and bravery in daring to question the leaderships in office about corruption and human rights abuse. What a twosome!! To read through their incredible book, METAPHORS OF THE RAINBOW, is to be invited to a surgical room where injustice is being addressed by un-apologetic poetic surgeons with no visible anesthesia, with microscopic detail. Sharp metaphors, drilling imageries and the prowess of a river smooth, sure and guaranteed knowledge of its power, delve deep into the social tumors of injustice as it’s stared at and condemned in classical hyperbolic phrases that ring into the readers ears long after putting the book down. Experience in the field of fighting injustices in human rights related situations, has birthed incredible verses that resonate with each man’s wordsmith excellent recital. That this book is dedicated to world poets of resilience, resistance, human rights crusaders and social justice advocates goes to showcase art rising to the fore of leadership in writing to right the wrongs that plague societies and individuals in our world. Come sample the awesomeness of the rainbow rich in its bitter sweet array of verses. A must read for all (Nancy Ndeke Author of A Bridge to a Bridge Through a Bridge)
Literary combatant Sydney Haile Saize decries social and political decadence pruning citizens into raggedness and moral nudity. He vehemently protests against wanton human rights abuse, the cruel hand of dictatorship and fist of violence thrashing freedom of expression and freedom after expression to pulp. Saize wields his spiked ink- gun to liberate his tyranny-stricken people from the hard grip of charlatanry, heavy dose of cheap propaganda beverage, from the heavy smashes of violent sloganeering. He speaks porcupine quill truth to the state system grinding human consciences under the wheels of political expediency. Revolutionary poet is a victim of dictatorial shenanigans by the unrepentant regime of his country of birth and xenophobia menace in the land of rainbows. Sydney Haile Saize is an unwavering literary combatant and has contributed countless poetry missiles at Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign / Brave Voices Poetry Journal since 2017. AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN celebrates freedom of expression and revolutionary consciousness through protest verse with veteran page Poet and liberation griot South African based Zimbabwean born Sydney Haile Saize. Aluta Continua- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA is one bold and brave voices from beyond the misty hills of Kirinyaga. His poetry boxed beat echoes in caves and crevices of hills of home. He speaks freedom to this earth whipped to pulp by death, war, quarantine and disease. His micro -verse FREEDOM is a heave of relief to the COVID 19 beaten humanity locked in their house’s day and night in the name of bondage tag -named LOCKDOWN alongside his twin brother cantankerous QUARANTINE. The rhythm in this set micro-verses shells our reading minds like soft droplets of mountain drizzle at ease though running deep to chill our bone and marrow, awakening from the slumber of the demonic and menacing pandemic. HOPE. MACHARIA is an editor, published poet, accomplished theatre practitioner and advocate of youth talent. MWANGI is our sterling Kenyan Associate to the Brave Voices Poetry Journal and has been contributing to the Poetry of resistance journal since 2017. Kudos to you great Poet. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC rewards Poet MACHARIA with this feature of excellence for his tireless contribution to the growth of young voices and poetry in Kenya, Africa and the entire globe- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
The poetic heave arouses our stream of consciousness. The musical word play sends you onto the poetic dance floor. And that you dance along to the afro -fusion of spoken word vibe and page poetry. The verbal percussion traverses with you back and forth into wonderland and then back into motherland. SPIRITUAL The rhythm intensifies and the reader speak in holy tongues. An African poetic incantation. The beat persists and dance throbs are drowned in satiric trances. Suddenly, the beautiful and spiritually electrified fusion pod -cracks into an emotional but entertaining halt. STYLE. And then later the echo and the dance dust float into the COVID 19 laced oxygen thickets, While the reader, the dancer sits back in awe revisiting the poetic rattle playing in his satire vexed mental box. ENAS SULEIMAN writes poetry that throb heart caves and rave mental boxes. Her micro-poems are turgid with reason, pregnant with meaning as they dangle with afro-fusionist vibe. The poetry also sags with the burden of war beaten memories of loss and pain. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is sincerely gratified to feature a Writer Poet from the great African land of Sudan. ENAS SULEIMAN with her verses that carry the drumbeat vibe and the verve of African dancer. SALUTATIONS- (BLURB by MbizoCHIRASHA).
Today at TIME OF THE POET Republic we celebrate poetry with prolific Poet, Professor DEWITT CLINTON. A great man of letters, distinguished literary arts doyen. Iconic and Acclaimed Poet. Professor Emeritus and dynamic wordsmith. Time of the Poet is greatly humbled to feature this versatile and vibrant. Man of Letters whose merits are beyond common reach. PROLIFIC. Professor Clinton's poetry is weaved with great tact, requisite zeal coupled with verbal dexterity and artistic prowess. The verses are turgid with reason while the rhythm is nothing less than captivating. His writers’ profile is elephantine, he swigged Canterbury tales to the dregs, dinned Shakespearean sonnets, munched the Metaphysics chocolates and the refreshing beverage is Paradise Lost and Langston Hughes protest becomes his dessert. ICONIC. Thank you greatly Distinguished Professor for affording us this literary platinum opportunity to the poetic wine from your wonder palm wine tree of artistic stardom. Let me hasten to note that this set of poems were previously published by Be-zine , Arts and Humanities as founded by our Poetry Tigress G JAMIE DEDES and Co- Edited by our Poetry Chef MICHAEL DICKEL during a collaborative April month gig. SALUTATIONS. by our Together We Rise – Blurb by TIME OF THE POET Curator, Mbizo CHIRASHA.