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.
Brave Voices Poetry Journal 67: Paying Tribute to Unique Heroes and Heroines and their Uniqueness An Ode for Cadres of resistance ( Human Rights , anti-imperialistic , antiapartheid , freedom of expression , fight for political justice , right to economic justice and right to social inclusion) Ken Saro Wiwa for movement for the survival of Ogoni people ( Nigeria) Dedan Kimathi (Kenyan liberation struggle) Steve Biko (fighting inequalities in South African apartheid) Lookout Masuku (fighting for political justice in Zimbabwe) Charles Dambudzo Marechera (PenSlinger of Truth in Zimbabwe) Ambuya Nehanda (medium spirit of Chimurenga (war of liberation) in Zimbabwe) Ruth First (South African fighter for civil rights) Winnie Madikizela Mandela (Fighter for political and economic rights in South Africa) Itai Dzamara ( fighter for human rights and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe) Freedom Nyamubaya( gunslinger during war of liberation ,poet against dictatorship regime in Zimbabwe).
Mother Africa survived the trauma of clanging chains of captivity during SLAVE TRADE , shackles of colonialism and winced from beatings of hard bolt nut clenched fists of apartheid. Children and grandchildren of Mother Africa watched helplessly her sorrowful dance to the acoustics of sufferance. Still , Africa remain resilient against beauty - smashing punches from kindred’s of neo-colonialism : global village, digital revolution and consumerism .Mama Africa’s groin is ripped apart by her triplets totalitarian regimes, economic malaise and moral decadence. Today Mother Africa of pyramids , Africa of Nefertiti , Africa of Lumumba , Africa of Mandela ,Africa of Kambarage , Africa of Lithium , Africa of diamond and Africa of uranium wallow in murky waters of poverty ,chronic civil wars and deadly epidemics .Young and established poets contributing to this Brave Voices Poetry Journal 65 Edition, AFRICA IS A POETRY REPUBLIC dipped pen tongues into dimples and crevices of our Mother Africa . The poetic tongues then spat their snort of satire and the saliva of paradox onto our mental inboxes. Tonight, we are pilgrims to the poetry gods and goddesses, we trudge through shrines of metaphor, altars of irony, mountains of hyperbole and forests of rhythm until we reach to the zenith of the POETRY REPUBLIC-Africa .( Editor of Brave Voices Poetry Journal).
AFRICAN WRITER: For I wrote so long a letter to Mayombe and Anowa.That will marry when I want. For the beautiful ones are not yet born. While we wait for the rain, In the coming of the dry season. Behind the anthills of savannah. Milking the cows of Shambati,gathering good bits of wood and … Continue reading BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL 60 : THE AFRICAN WRITER
MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA. You are Kenya’s rising sun, erasing mist veiling gifts of a country sandwiched between talent and doubt. You are the unsung hero chronicler of this truth of paradox called Africa.Macharia You are Kenya’s fountain pen dancing political metaphors and satirical jives on the dictators unrepentant face. Your lines are heart jabbing and … Continue reading MICHAEL MWANGI MACHARIA, AFRICAN POET PATRIOT
SHARON TSHIPA is a versatile and unique writer, poet and chronicler. She brilliantly tells stories and vividly portray critical situations through poetry .Her verses are pregnant with rhythm and heavy with memories. Her lines cry, sing, speak, dance, shout and hope. She is one among Botswana’s dream of literary prowess .Her passion for women , … Continue reading SHARON TSHIPA IS BOTSWANA’S LITERARY ARTS DIPLOMAT.
AND NOW THE POETS SPEAK :CORRUPTION Syphilitic gangrene, clutching the hard iron phalluses of the state with a grip. Cartel is scandalous cousin of corruption. A newly coined media lingo revealing the stink of underhand cabalistic dealings in the heave of darkness. Scandal corruption’s obedient eunuch. Extortion corruption’s enslaved maidservant. Cartels self-enriching … Continue reading BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL 57: AND NOW THE POETS SPEAK (Remaking the Zimbabwean Nation )
Jambo Bukoba e.V is doing wonderfully wonderful in using sporting as a catalytic tool in community education, youth, and talent and peace development. The organization should continue using sport in its quest for gender equality , better education and good health since sport is top among the list followed by creative arts in all aspects … Continue reading Jambo Bukoba e.V for African Development through creative sports.( A Special blog)