The WOMAWORDS and BRAVE VOICES June Edition are marked with success, diversity and the exclusivity. The Guest Editors that included G Jamie Dedes, the WOMAWORDS Poet Laureate and Francis Otole, the Brave Voices Associate in Nigeria did a sterling job, the submissions turnover was superb and the selections were excellent. Salutations to the pen-slingers, wordsmith and great poets who took their time to submit to these great editions in June 2020. Your contributions are marked in the book of poetic life. We thank you profoundly. We take opportunity to introduce new in coming GUEST EDITORS of both BRAVE VOICES AND WOMAWORDS Journals.
TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC goes to Canada. We have since started a collaborative project with gifted Storyteller, Avid Writer and rising Projects Curator and Brave Voices Poetry Journal Canadian Associate DARCIE FRIESEN HOSSACK. Time of the Poet values are rooted in promotion of Diversity, Inclusivity and Creativity. And based on that it is vital to organize international Digital Literary Arts Collaborations with the goal of promoting Tolerance among communities, love, Diversity of Ideas, Dialogue and Togetherness. We need to celebrate Voices and as such feature them on the Digital Literary Arts Thickets. This time our Collaboration is based on Poetry and Flash Fiction that speak tolerance, peacebuilding, diversity of ideas and human freedoms. Thematic areas are Tolerating a Diversity of Ideas, matters of race, cultural diversity, peace -building, international Cultural integrations and tolerance. Situations like COVID -19 teaches us to embrace each other and work together for the good of selves and the entire world.
MERT PERK have mastered the art of economizing diction. SUPERB. while his verses are turgid with grandiose reason. Every line is a blowing gun, smashing down walls of falsehoods, mass consumerism and torn lampposts hypocrisy. The granite hard truth glued in the bone and marrow of his poetry smacks the hypocritical humanity, in his quest to retain sanity and true consciousness on this our wretched earth crumbled by oppression, killings, racism and stigma. In another poem Perk plead with humanity to imitate God, here the Poet holds his sickle to remind the world of the vitality of dignity and integrity. After reading Perk, it dawned that surely the world has lost morality, morality is blown away by greediness, cheap conspiracy, violence and wantonly decadence. TIME OF THE POET compliment this insightful poetry by featuring the poet and his poesy in our publication. We always cherish to archive beauty, intellect, diverse ideas, promise and prowess. Poet MERT PERK is destined to the Poetry Promise land. Keep Writing, Aluta Continua- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
The scintillating, rat -tat rhythm and the drumbeat vibe of her well coined verses bombarded my lyric thrashed mental box. Poetry that roast and cracks popcorn in my bloodstream, real poetry. The lyrical dexterity is magical like the glow of rays at morning time and the grace of the silver moon above Table Mountains cleaning the dark of shadows off the human wonderland. Intensity of messages coupled with belly pit rumbling imagery mesmerizes the readers mental eye. The touch of Africaness as lines precede one after another blow by blow. Here is poetry band Symbolism plays drums , while imagery dances like breakdance, kwaito or pansula , rhythm here is a leading vocalist at the spoken word impromptu .Again after the frenzied dances , the beat ,the echo and the metaphoric trances .Symbolism is left on stage to perform his natural intercourse with the audience’s heart caves. The poem I’m BEAUTIFUL is trailblazing, the poem is human, this poem is earthly and beautiful. Can I say it is a poem turned human or human turned into a poem. FIONA KHAN diligently fuses spoken word poesy and page poetry to feed her audience with a poetic balanced diet . PROLIFIC.KHAN is the founder of several literary arts, literacy projects and child care projects. She is the Founder of The Fiona Khan Academy of Learning, a child-oriented project. KHAN is spearheading The Global Forum 4 Literacy, a UNESCO recognized organisation. LEGIT. We are sincerely gratified and humbled feature this great Writer, Literacy Projects Curator, Acclaimed Educator and accomplished Poet FIONA KHAN.
Today TIME OF THE POET features a usually rare topic in our conventional writing trends. We feature a Zimbabwean Christian Writer, MELODY NYENGETERAI CHANDAHWA CHISWITI. Her reflections are biblical and her presentation is faithful. Chandahwa Chiswiti is a firm believer of God and that is affirmed by her new Christian book Marriage Dynamics, where she doubles her work as matrimonial issues counselor and teacher of humanity. RABBI. Her Profile feature coincides with our global resistance to the COVID19 menace and mass killings of black lives in USA. We need the firm hand of God and brave prayers warriors at the tumultuous time. Surely, we need redemption and healing. Thank you, Mother, Evangelist, Gospel Teacher and Writer, MELODY NYENGETERAI CHANDAHWA CHISWITI for your gospel writings. Let all remember, Biblical Psalms, Proverbs and Revelations are original poetry. We continue to pray for the hand of the Almighty #BLACKLIVESMATTER #COVID19MUSTFALL. We are proud to feature your Wisdom here at the TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC. Together We Rise (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA”)
STACY BANNERMANs sharp and well carved imagery portrays paradoxical shadows that haunt the land of America and super giants in the world today. PROPHETIC. Her metaphors are sickle spikes that shred bellies of warlords and the emotion in her voice is painful and strikes deeper into the bone and marrow of her audience. BANNERMAN pens confessional and emotional deep poetry. She writes of poverty and menacing situations perpetuated by war and other atrocities. The poet ,peacemaker , life giver , teacher , mother yearns for the end of war .And at the same time chronicles tough war experiences , mind grilling traumas , heart raving suffering and brain draining vices as resultant tragedies of war , her verses are turgid with hard granite truth , her poetry is thick canopies succulent with sad realities and complexities perpetuated by the unrepentant monster of devilish dictatorial tendencies and satanic warlordism. Her poetry is prophetic while her timely submission is coincidentally in relation to the situation at hand. As the whole world bemoans the butchering of Black Lives. #BLACKLIVESMATTER. Legendary Poet, Writer and veteran BANNERMAN is an advocate of peace building, singer of the truth and forgiveness, freedom writer and chronicler of life experiences through poetry and other literary arts deliverables. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is sincerely gratified to feature legendary writings and prolific profile of one great peacemaker, Freedom Poet and widely published writer STACY BANNERMAN- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
CHIRIKURE is our national signature of professional performance poetry and the genesis of Zimbabwean spoken -word art. A widely published poet and well-traveled literary arts culture ambassador. And has graced artistic podiums at reputable book and global literature festivals in Berlin Germany, Rotterdam Netherlands, Norway, Medellin Poetry Festival and Poetry Africa an annual international poetry fete in South Africa. Prolific Curator and Live Literature Producer Chirikure founded Lit fest Harare in 2015 and the festival tops the arts calendar every year, promoting creative writing scholarship and literary arts culture exchanges among other great successes. Lit fest Harare has attracted a great number of international voices since its inception. Chirikure successfully curated the HIVOS sponsored HIFA Poetry Café for more than five years in Harare. The legendary poet in him speaks satire to his corruption smashed audience, while the literary combatant in him spells protest to gluttonous fat cats and imbecilic charlatans bleeding our nations dry. Chirikure is an honorary member of the International Writers Program at IOWA and a UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is excited to feature poetic prowess and creative reverence in the person of legendary writer and internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean poetry Artist Chirikure Chirikure- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
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.
When reading SARA COMITO, you need to have alongside you, a jug of fresh spring water, her poetry is soul food as it feeds famished minds. Simplicity is the most dominating ingredient in this balanced poetic meal. Her deep reflections on nature and naturalness is mesmerizing and invites you to want to be part of the nature-world. As you graze through promise filled pastures of her versification's, your gusto grinds to a sudden screech, and your famishing is then replaced by contentment, you then belch metaphor and sneeze imagery as they make the protein and the vitamin of this soul food. A poetry balanced diet. We are healed from literary marasmus and creative pellagra. COMITO is a multi-award-winning poet, an accomplished writer and an excellent Editor. We are proud to feature creative prowess and literary excellence in the person of great poet, environmentalist, prolific writer and esteemed writings curator SARA COMITO- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
The well choreographed dancing ensemble of verses is stunning. Our thirsty for imagination is quenched by the imagery presented creatively on page walls. The poetic exhibition is worth a deserving reader and audience to fill their wisdom hungry souls with literary contentment. The poems are papaya tree- canopies dangling with fruits of hard truth and the leaves are succulent with the chlorophyll of promise and hope. The vibe is mind consuming and the verbal dexterity is prolific. The beat echoes notes in the readers mind to sing along for the hope of tomorrow. KARI KRENN is an Argentinian Poet, dancer, photographer and social media socialite. KRENN is a published Poet, Writer and Translator. Kari works with international poets in Cuba, Americas, Europe and Africa and the Prolific Poet sits in the WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS HALL OF FAME and she is our Argentinian Associate. We feature this great literary socialite from Argentina in the spirit of * Diversity, Inclusivity and Creativity*. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)