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Internationally acclaimed and multi award wining Poet  JABULANI MZINYATHI brews yet another nerve wrecking poetic beverage and the main ingredient is rib cracking sarcasm while the colorant is the mind raving imagery. The Poet, pen slinger, word brewer vividly paints a true picture of his country, where life is now lifeless. A country in the intensive care unity. A country groaning from political tumors and moral decadence, a country infested by economic leprosy. Acclaimed Writer Mzinyathi, an unapologetic sculptor of resistance poetry. Together We  Rise!

 

 

 


DEFINING VIOLENCE

 

When the pangs of hunger

Like rats gnaw your insides

When the next meal is an accident

That is violence

 

When everywhere mansions sprout

And the numbers of slums swell

That too is gratuitous violence

 

When in the darkness we sit

Waiting for that rare visitor

That too is violence

 

When children leave college

Only to face rising unemployment

That again is violence

 

When they fly to India

Fly also to Singapore

While hospitals here are bereft of drugs

That is vicious violence

 

When you have freedom of speech

That exists only on paper

But have no freedom after speech

That too is gratuitous violence

 

When lies are peddled as truth

When truth is said to be lies

And the media is constricted

That too is violence

 

When the downtrodden fight

Taking to the streets demonstrating

Telling bullies that enough is enough

That can never be violence

 

POLITICIANS AND CYCLONE IDAI

 

Now in a feeding frenzy

The hyenas are at it

So too are the vultures

The crows too in tow

Feeding on the dead

 

A watery whiplash struck

Many left buried under rubble

Many disappeared without trace

Under the mysterious rock falls

Buried under the muddy abyss

 

The soulless are not grief stricken

Turning the dead into a podium

Standing there for cheap mileage

Angling gleefully for future votes

In the grief they find joy

Exhibiting shameless cannibalistic ways

Stroking their oversized egos

Seeing limitless opportunities in grief

 

 

 

HOME

 

This place like a bleeding wound

The profuse bleeding

The extirpation of life

 

This place like a festering wound

The gangrene setting in

The looming amputation

 

This arid place

Where cacti grows

Abundant thorny bushes

Here the acacia thrives

 

 

WILLING CAPTIVE

 

That infectious smile

Those sensuous lips

Those curvaceous hips

A willing captive

That is what I am

 

That gap toothed smile

That enticing neat row

A willing captive

That is what I am

 

Woman of angelic beauty

Woman of mermaid beauty

Under that hypnosis

The grinding coils of a python

A willing captive

That is what I am

 

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  JABULANI MZINYATHI is a triple P man. That means poet, prophet and philosopher. Jabulani is the brains behind three poetry collections. The first was the not so successful Voices of Conscience. This was followed by Under The Steel Yoke and Righteous Indignation. The poet, writer in general has complete literary projects in the closet. A chiShona novel- Mumambure is being fine tuned. Also Derailed – a novella on the undesirable side of the Zimbabwe land reform programme is ready, so he says. Another poetry collection In The Steel Talons is work in progress. Jabulani has been a guest reggae deejay on Musina FM, South Africa. He strums a few chords on the acoustic guitar. Jabulani is also into soccer administration. Recently he adopted three girls whom he pays school fees. Jabulani hopes to see the project grow. He is also working with a young hip hop artiste who does his work in Tshivenda.

 

 

MIOMBOPUBLISHING CURATOR

mbizo chirasha21

Projects  Curator)MBIZO CHIRASHA is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival(https://ihraf.org/international-fellows ) , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly .Featured Writer Poet Activist at The Poet A Day(https://jamiededes.com/). Core Team Member and African Contributor to Bezine of Arts and Humanities(https://thebezine.com/) in USA. Flash/Short Fiction Writer for Squawk Back Publication(http://www.thesquawkback.com/2020/01/mbizo.html).Contributing Writer( Africa) to IHRAF Publishes-https://ihraf.org/ihraf-publishes.The Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Curator of MiomboPublishing Blog Journal(https://miombopublishing.wordpress.com/). Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Co-Editor of Street Voices Poetry triluangal collection( English , African Languages and Germany) initiated by Andreas Weiland in Germany. Poetry Contributor to AtunisPoetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT was released by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on Amazon.com and at is featured at African Books Collective. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.


 

 

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A Literary Activism Republic  for Literatures of Resistance , Freedom of Expression and Protest Poetry .MIOMBOPUBLISHING was founded and curated by Mbizo Chirasha , Literary Diplomatie, Creative Arts Projects Curator, an Internationally Published  Poet , Essayist , Writer , Arts for Peace Catalyst and Human Rights Defender  from Zimbabwe.


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