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.
Jabulani Mzinyathi Ndlovu , your DNA is rimmed with gems of poetic metaphors . Your heart dances to the beat of satire. Irony was carved onto your bloodstream since the day of your birthing . A brilliant versifier, a born poet , political fortune-teller and literary -artivist . A gift to Zimbabwe and Africa but yet an unsung literary hero . I always wanted to praise my peers ,mentors , collaborators , word combatants and poetry guerrillas during their lifetime .Prowess and its cousin dexterity must be wholeheartedly praised and be awarded fully, while the bearers are still walking on this great earthJabulani Mzinyathi is one great poetry writing giant and doyen of verse. The literary giant in him is always far from the maddening crowd and as the old adage goes again silent waters runs deep. Yes ,his writings are packages of poetic fungicides disinfecting the syphilitic political gangrenes from the manhood of Africa regimes and other global establishments. The satire within is calamine lotion to heal and dry the infectious corruption eczema ridden abdomen of the state . The sarcasms' washes away decadence of cheap propaganda polished power- corridors . Your irony is a cleaning detergent smacking off the snort of zealotry high offices. Your poetic voice rattles and raves double-chinned charlatans imbibing the sweat of the POVO for breakfast and munching the freedom of the masses for dinner in the name of parliament sittings and debates - Enough.This blog profile is a special celebration of one greatest , Internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning Zimbabwean Writer , Poet and Attorney Jabulani Mzinyathi Ndlovu . I must confess that JB started with poetry writing long back .I met him in 1998 in Gweru plying his services as a magistrate at Gweru Magistrate Courts, the capital of the Midlands Province of Zimba and he had just won the STANZA Poetry Prize . It is about 23 years ago . Internet was still young in Africa and Facebook with his twin brother Twitter were not yet even concieved in the wombs of their mothers. I got inspired by the poetics of JB since then , 23years and we are here today celebrating the history , the present and future of poetry . Resilience pays thereafter . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is prided in archiving diversity , profiling doyens and publishing giants . This golden instalment features JBs poetry , books and more. Together We Rise( 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)
Eva was born in Xylokastro where she completed her basics studies. She loved journalism by small and attended journalism lesson at the ANT1 School. In 1994 she worked as a journalist in French newspaper "Le LIBRE JOURNAL," but her love for Greece won and returned to her sunny home. Since 2002, she lives and works in Athens.She works as a web radioproducer reading fairy tales at radio logotexniko vima every sunday. Recently she become responsible for the children literary section in Vivlio anazitiseis publications in Cuprys. She published books and ebooks: " I and my other avenger, my Skia publications Saita." "Zeraldin and The elf of the lake" in Italian and in French as well as “The daughter of the Moon” in 2 languages English and Greek. The Moon Daughter published by Ocelotos 4 times, received best reviews for author's writing and writing style.She is a member of the Unesco Logos and Art Group, of the writers of Corinth, of Panhellenic Writers Association. Also her work is mentioned in the Known Greek awarded encyclopedia for Poets and authors, Harry Patsi, page 300.Her books have been cleared by the Ministry of Education of Cyprus.Eva’s recent work includes: "The water Amazon fairy called Myrtia" ,illustrated by Vivi Markatos, dedicated to a girl that become handicap after a sexual assault and the translation of stories of Lafcadio Hearn, "Fairytravel with stories from Far East", an idea that she worked more than 6 months illustrated by MsNtinaAnastasiadoy, very known sculptor and sumi e painter in Greece.
Jennifer Juneau,I grazed through your amazing poetry, reading your verses is like drinking the best matured and diligently brewed grape wine. It is like walking in a wonderland where the metaphors of the moon shine to the land tormented by the horror of death , where the moon-light wipe tears off grief broken faces , your writings are the milk tightened udders of a well fed cows, the imagery is the illumination of sunlight to the earth once strangled by pandemic, racial stigma and lack . Your dexterity is mesmerizing. Your literary exhibition is a marvel. Your lyrical prowess is prolific. Iam yet to read such wonder, your dictionary is both scholarly and organic. I believe fellow writers, editors and publishers also contend with my conclusions. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly mesmerized to celebrate prowess, dexterity and excellence. This is extraordinary talent. Dear world drink from the literary rich- land of this godly gifted personality accomplished poet, acclaimed writer and high-ranking artist. Salute- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
The newest collection of poems (October 2020) is a book length poetic adaptation of 114 poems in Kenneth Rexroth’s 1971 publication (New Directions) of his One Hundred Poems from the Chinese.Poet, editor and publisher Michael Dickel (Is A Rose Press) and his team worked on developing a stunning presentation, with a world book launch scheduled from Milwaukee on Nov. 11, 7:30 pm CST. “By a Lake Near a Moon: Fishing with the Chinese Masters” was a delight to work on, especially as I had spent many previous years developing Holocaust response poems, some short and some very long. I admit I was looking for something to help cleanse my old spirit of such dark times. Perhaps I can send a flyer from the host, Boswell Books of Milwaukee. The next book project is accepted for possibly late 2021 or early 2022, newer poems under the working title, “Hello There,” a collection of mixed poems from years ago, and a few months ago. I hope these three newer books will add to earlier books based on Conquistador narratives, primarily translated Spanish narratives. Who knows what’s next, or if there will be a “next” in these Covid-19 times.
Darcie Friesen Hossack, my revolutionary literary arts activism twin sister. Your creative vibe is nerve -shredding and the verve of your prowess is extraordinaire. In a short space of just two months, you have accomplished a decade long accomplishment. Your tenacity mesmerizes, your resilience is revolutionary. Your mental box is a red honey- beehive blessed with dripping sweetness of positive literary consciousness and artistic glory. Your heart -cave is a pot frothing with ingredients of diligence, excellence, dexterity, prowess, love, tolerance, creativity and positivity. Revolutionary sister, your star is rising and will never dim. You are a trailblazer, a pacesetter and a trendsetter. I believe in singing the beauty and the prowess of legends as they walk on this clay earth. Among other comrades, I salute Poetry Chef Michael Dickel, Producer Emeritus Thomas Block, Poetry Tigress Nancy Ndeke, The Zine Team and BeZine publication, and the indomitable literary arts lioness Jamie Dedes, Acclaimed Editor Michael Rothenberg, Publisher Lola Thomas and the Diasporan family. All Brave Voices, Poets, readers, supporters and friends from around the globe. Despite mounting challenges. We keep writing, we keep resisting and representing. This my profound dedication and pit belly gratitude to the elephantine of work, you are doing at Word City Monthly. Darcie Friesen is the Associate Editor of TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC and Managing Editor of WordCity Monthly .A prolific and widely published around the word. Hossack is the author Mennonites Don't Dance . Aluta Continua!!! Revolutionary Sister Darcie Friesen Hossack. Together We Rise- (DEDICATION by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Laurent Caroline(Turunç),Iam intrigued by watertight truths and psyche- drilling verses. Am dazed by the depth of reason and consciousness is dished with a pinch of salt . We are marinated in salted waters of truth . Revolutionary writing , the poet paints gory images of OUR unrepentant earth as well her brush strokes sigh exclamation- marks of the promise of dawn. The hair -harrowing imagery reveals rot , gloom , pain , anxiety and faked happiness of the world haunted by sin , decadence and savagery .The poet in Laurent Caroline(Turunç) rebukes human society to abstain from vile and evil .She aims her poetic arrows onto the eyes of barbarians thriving on savagery , arrogance and ignorance. The revolutionary poet takes a swipe on selfish poets and writers , her peers . Laurent wants them to along avenues of truth and corrupt-less streets. She sings for the retain of earthly sanity by drilling literary consciousness our mental boxes . Her militant -revolutionary voice is oiled by rarity and candidness. Extraordinary. This poetry instalment is diverse and powerful.It is packed in three languages , Turkish , French and English thus it reaches a diverse audience of different cultures. Laurent is a serial versifier deserving high -ranking accolades in writing and spoken word. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly gratified to publish and profile the VOICE OF REASON , peoples poet , mason of truth and an extraordinary wordsmith Laurent Caroline(Turunç)-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Nothing attracts me more than prowess and dexterity. For with these critical and creative ingredients. We are profoundly psyched up AND our literary consciousness is re-wired. WORLD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is an all-powerful, sweet but infectious read, it haunts the reader forever. It tastes mature like red wine in old wineskins. It smells seasons like first drops of the first rain. Thus, is a scorcher, it strikes the nerves like the giant tongs of the sun during the dry season. It’s a metaphoric blast furnace that blazes and fires up iron hearted earthly dwellers into a repentant humanity of pure steel, we are baptized by the intriguing imagery as we are ritualized by the smoking waters of satire. We are born again. WORLDPLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is heavy with subject matters that transcends from hope, death, disease, ecosystem, cultural anthropologies, biblical allusions, psychical exercises, climate change, menacing pandemics, positive change, race and perception change. WORLD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is poetry that coils your heart caves and you vomit the bile of sins. It blows up your mental boxes, you shiver and weep. It rips off satans doeks to expose zealots, charlatans and political maggots corrupting and rotting the beauty of this our beloved earth. It fumigates the pandemic infested air as the earth fails to breathe due to unbridled human cruelty and wanton sin. It exposes the now sorrowful baldheaded landscapes, once shining with the verve of flora and fauna. The whirlpool arouses the skeletal sandy riverbeds that were once upon havens of laughing hippos, cackling water hens and dancing fish. it is poetry that weeps and as such wiping tears of bereaved mothers that lost so many lives during the menacing seasons of the cantankerous corona virus. It is a beautiful but heart-rending epitaph to black lives lost in barbaric racial battles, a touching eulogy to the earth succumbing to the dramatic effects of climate change, heatwaves and hurricanes. This Wordplay is an embodiment of promise, lost hope, love, loss, pain, sunset and moonshine. It is a spiritual whirlpool to transfigure ill minded political goblins and evil-minded war devils to repent from terrorism and warlords. The lyrical dexterity is superbly concocted with reason , history , spirituality ,identity and more WORD PLAY IN A WHIRLPOOL is a collaborative venture of Kenyan Poetry Tigress Nancy Ndeke and the Colorado Rockies Poetry Lioness Susan Joyner-Stumpf (Review by Mbizo CHIRASHA
James Coburn masters the art of storytelling through verse. His poems bleach the racial misery clutching the land of promise, America. The protest poet treads on unusually ironical and paradoxical tarmacs, he vehemently interrogates the matters of black lives and questions the brutal violence against the black race through resistance poetry. The revolutionary verse-slinger rises beyond the usual and obvious as he puts American dictatorship at task against the background of the wantonly racial killings, with the cold-blooded demise of George Floyd, a callous act that received condemnation and demnation from the everything that breathes on earth. James Coburn speaks sand paper hard truth to power, charlatans and zealots have since become wolves and hyenas in broad light. The consciousness packed poetry is a biblical revelation and re- awakening tutelage to the grief laden and COVID 19 diseased earth gripped by hate, terrorism and racial violence. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is delighted to profile, publish and feature the master of protest and resistance poetry James Coburn. - (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).