145 Pages
English

Because Sadness is Beautiful?

-

Gain access to the library to view online
Learn more

Description

"Tanaka Chidora writes with the nerve and verve of firework displays in these poems. There is “a peace armed to the teeth” here, and over there “words are just fugitives scuttling away from the recognition of the reader.” Through this burst of iron vocabulary discipline, the poet suggests that even if sadness could be all we are left with, we still need to give sadness a try until it becomes beautiful, because sadness has always been beautiful, anyway." - Memory Chirere, University of Zimbabwe

Subjects

Informations

Published by
Published 15 May 2020
Reads 0
EAN13 9781779296184
Language English
Document size 1 MB

Legal information: rental price per page 0.003€. This information is given for information only in accordance with current legislation.

Exrait

Tanaka Chidora writes with the nerve and verve of Irework displays in these poems. There is “a peace armed to the teeth” here, and over there “words are just fugitives scuttling away from the recognition of the reader.”Through this burst of iron vocabulary discipline, the poet suggests that even if sadness could be all we are left with, we still need to give sadness a try until it becomes beautiful, because sadness has always been beautiful, anyway.
Tanaka Chidora’s debut poetry anthology has the verve of a wonderful new kid on the block and the pomp of a literary veteran. His scatological and iconoclastic stance and images are scathing and original. This evocative book is unavoidable if you would like to meet yourself in a near-out-of-body experience on some scary starless night. You might even Ind your alter ego as you surf and critique your life’s terrain through Chidora’s universe. A must read!
Zimbolicious The Standard’s Gourd of Consciousness poetry corner Brave Voices working on two novels, the Irst an auto-Ictional memoir of his childhood
Because Sadness is Beautiful? B cause Sadness is Beautiful? - Poems -Poems TANAKA CHIDORA
TANAKA CHIDORA
BECAUSE SADNESS IS BEAUTIFUL? Poems
Tanaka Chidora Edited by Tendai R. Mwanaka
Mwanaka Media and Publishing Pvt Ltd, Chitungwiza Zimbabwe * Creativity, Wisdom and Beauty
Publisher: Mmap Mwanaka Media and Publishing Pvt Ltd 24 Svosve Road, Zengeza 1 Chitungwiza Zimbabwe mwanaka@yahoo.comwww.africanbookscollective.com/publishers/mwanaka-media-and-publishinghttps://facebook.com/MwanakaMediaAndPublishing/Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.comwww.africanbookscollective.comISBN: 978-1-77929-596-5 EAN: 9781779295965 © Tanaka Chidora 2019 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher DISCLAIMER All views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views ofMmap.
i
Mwanaka Media and Publishing Editorial Board: Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief:Tendai Rinos Mwanaka mwanaka13@gmail.comEast Africa and Swahili Literature:Dr Wanjohi wa Makokha makokha.justus@ku.ac.keEast Africa English Literature:Andrew Nyongesa (PhD student) nyongesa55.andrew@gmail.comEast Africa and Children Literature:Richard Mbuthia ritchmbuthia@gmail.comLegal Studies and Zimbabwean Literature:Jabulani Mzinyathi jabumzi@gmail.comEconomics, Development, Environment and Zimbabwean Literature:Dr Ushehwedu Kufakurinaniushehwedu@gmail.comHistory, Politics, International relations and South African Literature:Antonio Garciaantoniogarcia81@yahoo.comNorth African and Arabic Literature:Fethi Sassisassifathi62@yahoo.frGender and South African Literature:Abigail George abigailgeorge79@gmail.comFrancophone and South West African Literature:Nsah Mala nsahmala@gmail.comWest Africa Literature:Macpherson Okpara chiefmacphersoncritic@gmail.comMedia studies and South African Literature:Mikateko Mbambo me.mbambo@gmail.com Portuguese and West Africa Literature: Daniel da Purificação danieljose26@yahoo.com.br
ii
Dedication To Villes, Josh and Stephanie, the people around whom my life revolves
iii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS In 2018, I spent a weekend with David Mungoshi, Memory Chirere, Ignatius Mabasa, Philani Nyoni, Mercy Dhliwayo, Karolina Jeppson, Goran Goransson and other literature enthusiasts from Sweden.. I watched David, Memory, Mercy and Philani read and perform their poems and I said to myself, “Damn! This is cool!” A few weeks later, Mbizo Chirasha gave me space for my first poem, „Magamba Hostels‟, in his Brave Voices journal. That did it! The padlock that had kept poetry trapped inside was broken at last. David and Memory went on to read my manuscript and recommend certain changes that helped in shaping this collection to what it is today. Many amorning, Ignatius Mabasa would say, “The way you are writing young man…” A comment of that nature from a literary guru of Ignatius Mabasa‟s standing helped in building my confidence. During my first tottering steps as a poet, the Zimbabwe Historical Association Whatsapp group became the slate on which I wrote some of my early pieces. And oh, how they read them! How they encouraged me to continue writing! Edward Dzonze and the Poetry Intercourse Whatsapp group, Khumbulani Muleya and the Gourd of Consciousness Whatsapp Group, Zimbabwe Writers Association Whatsapp Group, UZ Department of English and Media Studies Whatsapp Group, Harare Book Club Whatsapp Group, Writing Issues Whatsapp Group, and the wonderful Mudakuvaka Family Whatsapp Group all provided platforms for me to write my poems and be groomed, through their gentle feedback, into the poet that I am today. My poetry mate, Millicent Yedwa, with whom I am writing something that does not have a name, something that is even strange to us, I am grateful for the long discussions we had concerning poetry, and for availing your inbox to me to use as a creative slate. Batsirai
iv
Chigama encouraged me to get the poems out there and even sent me to my first photoshoot. I am grateful. Tendai Rinos Mwanaka, we met on Facebook, and by the time we met face to face in the dusty streets of Zengeza, you had already read my manuscript and suggested changes that made it not only a collection of poems, but a narrative, a map, of a country, a person, a life. I am forever grateful for your patience in guiding me through the whole process of publishing this collection. Magdalena Pfalzgraf, for reading my manuscript and writing such a beautiful foreword, I am indebted to you. I value your friendship. And I want to confess that there are moments when I really miss oysters. They are part of my memory of Frankfurt. To my Facebook readers, your Likes and Comments spurred me on. I love you to bits.
v
Table of Contents Foreword…………………………………………………………..ix opening lines……………………………………………………….2 armed peace………………………………………………………...3 forgotten doubles…………………………………………………..4 the 3pm field inspection……………………………………………5 a tale of two writers………………………………………………...7 one day I wrote about this place……………………………………8 magamba hostels………………………………………………….10 the things I carry…………………………………………………..11 slow country………………………………………………………12 waiting…………………………………………………………….13 to the seven……………………………………………………….14 silence……………………………………………………………..17 the dying city……………………………………………………...18 this old country…………………………………………………...19. sounds…………………………………………………………….20 austere days……………………………………………………….22 the broken grin……………………………………………………23portrait of a policeman‟s gumboot connecting with shrivelled buttocks…………………………………………………………...25 the death of wanda………………………………………………..26 the missing child…………………………………………………..28 tunnel walls………………………………………………………..29 independence……………………………………………………...31 flame……………………………………………………………...32 freedom fighter…………………………………………………....33 freedom…………………………………………………………...35 these ruins………………………………………………………...36 on these ruins……………………………………………………..37 leaving…………………………………………………………….39
vi
insanity……………………………………………………………41 madness…………………………………………………………...42 the midnight preacher……………………………………………..52 open defecation…………………………………………………...53 the benefits of hygiene…………………………………………….55 the revenge of the oppressed……………………………………...57 portrait of the poet as a middle aged man…………………………59 what if…………………………………………………………….60 forgetting………………………………………………………….61 roots………………………………………………………………63 the things I do…………………………………………………….64 pauses between my pride………………………………………….66 stains……………………………………………………………....67 on finding yourself with nothing to do……………………………68 bar stool ruminations……………………………………………...71 2keys……………………………………………………………...72 drunk talk…………………………………………………………73 gwayagwaya braai stand…………………………………………...77 chaucer‟s pie chart………………………………………………...78 where I come from………………………………………………..79 blocks 1-13 Magamba Hostels…………………………………….81 emptying…………………………………………………………..86 winter poem………………………………………………………87 Losing…………………………………………………………….88to a love unreciprocated…………………………………………..89 strangers…………………………………………………………..90 falling……………………………………………………………...91 she came…………………………………………………………..92 kiss………………………………………………………………..93 we danced………………………………………………………...94 the moon and you………………………………………………...97
vii
to be loved………………………………………………………..98 about last night……………………………………………………99 heartbreak……………………………………………………….100. balanced life……………………………………………………..101 life……………………………………………………………….103 papa said…………………………………………………………104 innocence………………………………………………………...105 sunset……………………………………………………………107chigovanyika sunset……………………………………………...108 nostalgia…………………………………………………………110mother…………………………………………………………...111 father……………………………………………………………113. memories………………………………………………………...118 poetry……………………………………………………………120 to write…………………………………………………………..121 words in flesh……………………………………………………122wounds…………………………………………………………..123 songs and dreams………………………………………………..125 peace…………………………………………………………….126 all poems are happy……………………………………………...127 publisher‟s list……………………………………………………128
viii