WORD is a force and within its etymology, has a force as mysterious and mythical as the cycles of life presented in a woman’s body. Womanhood is a tribe with two sides that push and pull, drawing in and drawing out to balance between the physical and the ethereal. A woman is a S/WORD, slashing self-preservation to indulge creation into the path of continuity. Her voice is a lullaby that soothes kings before they wear crowns of authority and high handedness. Her voice of a weeping window burying her soldier sons. She is the hearth that feeds life a protective shell to glimpse its first experience of all earthly journeys. To discount a woman is to discount nature’s benevolence in its ever giving nurture. To disparage a woman is to spit at the hand of creation that give so much grace to a creature that births itself and other. In cerebrating womanhood, great poetry was birthed. No one can judge the emotions and wisdom within the words neither can accurate value be stamped authoritatively upon any piece, for all without fail deliver a universal truth about the plight of women in their journey of holding their divine portion in sustaining and carrying on the mantle of living. Great voices that speak ‘womalingo’ from WOWAWORDS recent entries delivered from their hearts and to other hearts. Ten pieces that speak as internationally as music does in its varied tones, tunes and crescendos from Caroline Akui of Kenya, Nelani Goonawardena from India and Anya Wikramanayake Sri Lanka, Colombo. Together We Rise –( Blurb by August Edition Guest Editor , Nancy Ndeke)
Performance Poet Nicole Peyrafitte your dub verse is mind raving and lyrical gymnastics are scintillates lowly spirited readers to resurrect themselves to activity. Your poetry heaves with heart throbbing rhythm, that of a dense canopy of papaya tree dancing on the passing wind and as well dangling with ripe yellow ready to be give us Vitamin C. Your art is mature and provokes the world to rise and see dots of darkness in the sun as such to realize patches of dirty on the undergarments of the moon .Your philosophy concocted imagery raves and cracks our mental boxes, like how stray tendrils of marijuana smoke spirals into the nostrils of a saint, a nonsmoker and wrecks his brains to speak to himself or herself. Mind boggling. Thus, the power of your voice is extraordinary. You are multi- talented , you juggle from philosophy into protest into resistance as you spew hard protest vitriol into the deadly , death itching eyes of heartless dare- murderers who killed and surrendered Georges Floyd s life onto the devil in cold blood .The poem about the painful death George Floyd is a hymn sizzling with grief and heart-wrecking pain .You are a humanitarian poet ,you hold revolutionary shield ,your poetic license and scythe of truth , your imagery to defend peace and freedoms that are subjected to bloodletting cruelty and life demising violence . And this has since plunged our earth, our world into a golgotha of death. Your resistance message is not only for the hushed murderers of George Floyd, it is a revolutionary signal to all those who thrive on spilling human blood for purposes of power, barbarism, revenge, savagery and retrogression. Lastly, your action-packed performance poetry video reflects the amount of energy and the emotion in it carries the extent of seriousness of matters being addressed by the showcase. Nicole Peyrafitte you are poet par excellence, an extraordinary voice to come out the world. Your hybrid mix of both page poetry, spoken word poetry, French and English language versions is a symptom of diversity of talents, cultural tolerance and inclusivity. POWERFUL. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC prides in profiling excellence, prowess, creativity and diversity of ideas- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
It is bravery, deep belly- pit emotional recollection, real creative wit and spiritual consciousness that makes Gail Newman a distinguished poet. Newman is a chronicler of lives survived under the rough spike of war; lives lived under the cruel hard knuckle of death. Her poetry is succulent with hard truth. The verses tremble with confessional vibe. Reason within the marrow of each verse is heart blazing and the emotional carried within is blood chilling. Gail Newman is an extraordinary poet, a merchant of truth and a survivor of the most vicious holocaust. Her poetry speaks to the bones of causalities of the deadly holocaust, to the spirits of her people roaming in the cemeteries, her poetry speaks to the soil of her motherland, the soil today that heave with grief of her sisters and brothers burnt to cinder by the devilish fires of darkness. Legendary literary combatant Newman chronicles heart rending memories and soul pricking poetic hymns in her latest poetry collection Blood Memory. The TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is profoundly registering gratitude to the prolific Poet, Acclaimed Writer and Accomplished chronicler Gail Newman- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA)
Powerful writer and essayist pen a rhythmic spirited hybrid mix of mind boggling verse and a soul touching story of unwarranted butchery, demise, pain, loneliness and a sudden -death caused grief in a world that is vastly wretched by bloody crimes, goriness, hate, carelessness, banditry, terrorism, greed and widespread disrespect of lives. I stand with this powerful message, this strong message must rattle the hate hardened marrow and bone of die-hard dictators, lords of war and terrorist groupings disguising to be architects of democracy and repentant peaceniks. We stand right now amidst xenophobia perpetuated cemeteries, racism marked graves and a whole lot of savagery and barbarism. This strong literary message by a Poet, Lyricist, Peace maker and story teller in Jambiya Kai requires leadership from America to Africa to do a cross check on how they have plundered lives, the hope and promise of a great united world. Let’s repent. Thank you great story teller Jambiya KAI for penning this bold and vigorous hybrid mix. We are proud this powerful and well writ message . We pay tribute to talent , truth and a diversity of ideas. ALUTA CONTINUA-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
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.
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.
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).
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)
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).
Legendary International Indian Writer, Poet, Peace Finder and mega-award winning PRIYATOSH DAS is poeta-coholic. Revered Wordsmith birthed with poetry DNA already goldenly flowing in his gifted bloodstream. And creativity Plaque carved on his sharp mental socket, while his innocent tenderness danced peacefully and scribbled metaphors on the walls of the great earth of the womb. The Poet mastered the art of poesy beyond excellence. His literary influence is immeasurable. DAS is an esteemed originator of literary projects of excellence including the illustrious WORLD PARLIAMENT OF PEACE and the WORLD HIGHER LITERARY ACADEMIC COUNCIL OF WORLD NATIONS WRITERS UNION OF KAZHAKHSTAN. Few days ago, the Curator/Founder of the TIME OF POET REPUBLIC was awarded a certificate of global peace and literary projects curatorship excellence. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC has great respect of acclaimed literary icon and reputable poet as PRIYATOSH DAS. A great Writer, Prolific Curator, Internationally published Poet, global recognized wordsmith. We are proud to feature prowess and profile dexterity.