The Brave Voices August Edition is such an amazing platform for young but resilient poetic griots , solemnly holding on to their faith and remain composed to face the AFTERMATHS with due diligence despite the hellholes of the COVID 19 pandemic. writings boldly articulates inspirational messages of hope and courage to adapt to the new normal .In this installment , ten poems were selected; the bigger number of poems is from the hosting country Botswana and the other six from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda As the editor for this month I would love to thank all contributing poets who responded to this great call and give salutations to those who made it to the top 10 and encourage that we hold on together in these difficult times of the COVID19 menace as we face the realities and complexities of the new normal . As a poet I take it that poetry is a powerful medium to express our feelings with for attaining freedoms and that it is a formula to connect the mind, spirit, soul and other humanity realms. TOGETHER WE RISE-( Gorata Ntshwabi Brave Voices August Edition Guest Editor and Brave Voices Botswana Associate)
Reading Masimba Musodza is equivalent to my usual enjoyment of a sumptuous dish of African mushroom wood-fire cooked by a willing mother , a delicacy . The sequencing of the story HERE BE CANNIBALS is highly captivating and was diligently woven , suspense is the chief ingredient , dialogue is the nourishing salt and the dish is summed up by mounting tension, and tragedy becomes our full course meal, our story . While dialogue within is profoundly intriguing ,as it firmly unlocks the mood of our story , hence depicting morality and pacing our story forward. CRAFTY. HERE BE CANNIBALS exposes to utter nudity the evil , cantankerous and devilish shenanigans of ruthless political demigods and cruel- hearted warlords as they incessantly plant wars through their greedy , dictatorial and insatiable quest bloodletting ,devilish super-power posturing and unrepentant crude -habit of grabbing natural wealth of both military week and politically fragile countries. It depicts the demise of peace at doorsteps and death of human freedoms as guns smash lives to pulp and wars burn our earth to ashes, due to careless perpetuation by back door political charlatans and uncivilized zealots always bent on polishing the devilish egos of warlords with unwarranted filthy praise .Legendary Masimba Musodza is an extraordinary chronicler of events through the art of storytelling . TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC proudly presents a distinguished African Zimbabwean Author , a master of speculative fiction and super -storyteller Masimba Musodza-( Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Real poetry spews hard truth into itching for -death eyes of goblin like blood-sucking unrepentant warlords. Real Poetry scalds to the inner-deepest core the corruption oiled skins of double bellied political fat- cats with their long -tyranny cracked hands wiping human freedoms off this our once peaceful and sacred earth. Real poetry spanks heavily onto the bolt nut skulls of die-hard racial supremacists killing innocence in broad daylight. Jane Spoken word, yours is not only art for the sake of art. Yours is a verve of resistance. It is verbal recipe of resilience, revolutionary. Your protest lines heave with sorrowful tears of mothers who lost wombs in the charcoal of racial madness. Your imagery is pregnant with vitriol heavy in the hearts of devilish political demigods. And more to it, your lyrical gymnastics is highly captivating, your ability to connect, street slang and traditional Oxford diction amounts to dexterity. You are the Voice of the Voiceless. You speak and write for the living and the dead. The marrow and bone of your verse is unbreakable. You are the brand literary arts ambassador of hard truth. You represent protest, resistance and resilience voices. Your verses are cactus spikes that dig in the iron fists of tyrants. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC celebrates with you in speaking truth to political power. We cherish your candidness as your words prevail along with our new culture of resistance against racist-supremacist killings #BLACKLIVESMATTER. We chant protest, we fist up resistance. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Awadifo Olga Kili is a highly gifted ,brave and resilient internationally recognized Ugandan poet and chronicler .The poetess is widely spreading her literary golden wings and while her verses are bold and they speak resilience .She wields her pen bravely , her life carving chisel as she responds to the plight of the girl child with the cuddle fist of a mother , fist of resistance . The roar of her voice reverberates the Nyiragongo mountains and trembles villages and hills beyond her motherland, Uganda. Tenacity is her DNA and her zeal to learn and to practice are natural human ingredients enriching and paving smoothly the paths of her writing career. She never had allowed her mind to doze in her journey to success and her bones to sleep in her quest for human liberation. We are proud to be associated with Poet and human rights activist like Awadifo Kili attaching her writing prowess to the plight of the girl-child community. Extraordinary. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC proudly exhibits the profile , the new book ECHOES OF WAILS and some poems of the resilient, creative, determined, talented and multi-gifted personality, a rising poet, prolific chronicler and a human rights lawyer in the making. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC supports diversity of ideas, cultures, dreams and races. We are proud to present AWADIFO OLGA KILI with her new poetry collection ECHOES OF WAILS in both English and French versions. Together We Rise- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
Tales of a Pen Lord is simply a complex journey through the vast experiences of the labyrinth called Life.It is an exquisite lens that delves deep into the tapestry
of life and all that constitutes it.It is a rare fabric of many colors aptly twined and entwined by the sturdy quill of a brilliant Word Smith.It's a powerful concoction sweetly brewed in a poetic kitchen and graciously touches on all themes ; ranging from love to suicide. It is a swing of fate swinging like a pendulum unveiling all matters that affect man as an individual and man as a strand in the web of mankind and it is a great pointer,outlining contours that guard and guide humanity.It is a timely gift to humanity,poured out from the cores of a passionate writer's heart.
Tales of a Pen Lord is indeed a must read for it has all the savory ingredients to make any reader salivate, feed and feast upon.It is a good Paradigm exhibiting the abilities and potentials of Poets of the new Era-( Blurb by Benedixio Moore Khoti).
The name Cuthbert Maziwa whistles clearly and ululates loudly in most Zimbabwean artists ears. Maziwa is a renowned a multi genre Zimbabwean musician, artist and singer, an acclaimed guitar stringer, accomplished arts administrator and a veteran Arts and Culture Festival Curator. He is an expert in creating, developing and curating arts ideas into living creative testimonies. The legend has been at helm of the National Arts of Zimbabwe an arts regulatory body in Zimbabwe , at the epicenter of turning around the Murehwa Arts Culture Centre, a UNESCO recognized and internationally renowned arts and cultural heritage hub in Zimbabwe famed of its decorated cultural dances , on top of them all being Jerusarema mbende also UNESCO certified. For years Legendary Maziwa has been coordinating and curating the Mashonaland East Cultural Arts Festival concurrently with Jerusarema Mbende Festival. AMAZING. Maziwa is famed of founding the globally profiled music arts organization, Music Crossroads that has been now turned into a full music and arts school. The prolific Maziwa is unstoppable. His fervent passion for arts is remarkable. His footprints are undeletable. He was part of legends who realized the need to award dancing troupes and young traditional musicians usually sidelined to the peripheral edges of arts opportunities, so they initiated Chibuku Neshamwari Arts Festival and that awarding festival has created a lot of promising talent and has created livelihoods for many artists and their families. Currently Cuthbert Maziwa is Executive Director National Training and Conference of Arts in Zimbabwe, NATCAZ, a non-governmental organization platform which is aimed and dedicated to the growth of arts and cultural industries in Zimbabwe. TIME OF THE LEGEND is overjoyed to feature a doyen of Zimbabwean music, veteran of cultural arts practice, a well-travelled cultural programs administrator and a multi- gifted arts festivals curator Cuthbert Maziwa.
Veteran Poet David Leo Sirois, you are not only wearing your poetry robe but you have also donned a teaching garb. Your poetry carry that verve of moral instruction. Your thought provoking biblical allusions and head tilting imagery are a refreshment of social consciousness . Iam thoroughly wowed by your choice of diction and the word economics thereof places you into the class of extraordinary English page poets , a special mention to Robert Frost and TS. Elliot . As such ,I have again picked and pocketed from your metaphoric fruit tree, some literary wisdom of John Donne , Yeats and Keats , the metaphysical poets . Your hybrid fusion of traditions , your own ingenuity and modernistic writing is mesmerizing and fulfills the consumer , the reader the way original fruit juice does to ever gormandizing kindergartens , And then followed by a loud belch there after , a natural signal of fulfillment and satisfaction. We continue to imbibe your verses of wisdom and graze through pages with that willing keenness of a new lover , we greedily gormandize your moral instruction and social consciousness like monkeys fervently shelling peanuts in feilds of promise or like bees passionately drinking sweet honey from the hive of plenty .TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is honored to feature and profile above all excellence and prowess in the personality , international renowned spoken-word arts curator and acclaimed literature hub producer Poet David Leo Sirois
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).
Niels Hav, your poems are rust less steel syringe needles sparking with insulin of wisdom to heal us from the fervent -fever of ignorance and the promise – demising dysentery of savagery. Your verses are candle lights to dim out darkness from the earth incessantly haunted by demons of hypocrisy, world spoiled by devils of retrogression, earth picked and pocketed by dare-dictators of killing hope on the altar of discord. You are a wordsmith gifted with four mental eyes. Your vivid imagery is a well-trimmed mirror on which we see visualize, touch, see, enjoy and read half-naked shadows of life with their tired heads draped in rainbow -laced black and white bandanas of irony and fat limped truth dressed in gowns of satire. Legendary Poet Niels Nav is an International Poetry powerhouse. I can safely name -tag Global Poetry Laureate. His Spoken word poetry and Page poetry are featured on international spaces. Laureate Nav has published more than more than 15 poetry and short stories collections since 1981.Legendary. TIME OF THE POET REPUBLIC is appreciating the high-grade artistry and literary prowess displayed in the writings and poetry life of Internationally renowned Poet, Acclaimed Spoken Word Artist, Global Poetry Laureate Danish Poet and Distinguished Writer Niels Hav- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).
The aroma of her paradoxical verses is like the scent lingering the bread baking backyards. The lyrical sting smells of half cigars stubbed for yet another smoking joint to come. Devika Brendon masters the art of paradox , her poetry is the string of puffed smoke coiling off an intact cigarette stick to mingle with oxygen and dissolve into earthly wind but sometimes the smoke dies into squashed ash and is trembled upon by the same smoker after enjoying ,the aroma, the puff and the dance of smoke into the universe. Devika is a keen seer of life and the living, a brilliant chronicler, a thorough philosopher and a word economist, she tells medulla riveting stories through bold poetry lines. Paradox is the natural ingredient, while verbal economics concocted with reason and lyrical dexterity qualifies her poetry for a literary balanced diet. Paradox is the carbohydrate, metaphor is the protein, imagery is the Vitamin B12, Potassium is reason and verbal dexterity becomes Calcium. Readers are safe. Devika Brendon is an accomplished editor, literary arts project expert, renowned writer and a brilliant page poet. TIME OF THE REPUBLIC brings is rooted in bringing to its readers a diversity of ideas, real poetry, revolutionary artistry and literary consciousness. I implore our readers to take time grazing real poetry on the piece, ELECTION FEVER. Aluta Continua- (Blurb by Mbizo CHIRASHA).