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)
BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL is the scripture of FREEDOM religion, with her twin’s doctrine of justice and resilience. It comprises two Testaments. (1) the old testament of precolonial Africa; from Genesis of civilization through Exodus to slavery. From kings; Mansa,Tshaka , Selassie…through Psalms; Senghor, Diops,Okara,Brutus. (2)the new Testament of post colonial Africa;with the birth of revolution and the Trinity of Uhuru, Ubuntu and Unhu.the Gospel of Africanism according to Sankara, the Gospel of resilience according to Mandela. It spreads the Gospel of peace,love and hope across Africa and the world. It preaches against tyranny and oppression of fellow humans as well as kick against corruption in high places and embezzlement of public funds. The year 2020 is a turbulent year of panic caused by the devil’s bad breath of Covid-19 pandemic. Humans and economies are being lockdown and knockdown. It is a stormy period which requires the anchor of FAITH to calm the turbulence. FAITH is the vaccine for immunity against the dreaded pandemic.This 70th edition of the BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL features scientists and doctors of letters with their tested and trusted vaccines of FAITH.With Nigeria in focus, Brave Voices deployed her scientists to take samples and experiment. Nigeria with her twin’s pandemic of Covid-19 and corruption needs more attention( Blurb by Guest Editor of BRAVE VOICES 70, Acclaimed Poet and Seasoned Educationist)
All Submissions re sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Writers must not send Attachment. Send your material as body mail messages and include short profiles of the Writer. The THEME for this EDITION is FAITH-We have suffered the brunt of the COVID 19 menace for the last 5 months, we are hoping for a miraculous end of this menacing pandemic. And remember Faith the protein of to the balanced and unbalanced diet. The entries must have a SUBJECT LINE written as Brave Voices 70 Submission, FAITH.
Talking to Tracy Yvonne Breazile is one great voice worthy listening to. The Brave Voices Poetry family and the Zimbabwean We Want Poetry Campaign has tapped a lot of literary coconut milk of wisdom and skills from the illustrious writings and her poetry mentorship drills since 2018. Creative Abundance. Breazile boasts of a very beautiful but thought-provoking writing niche. Creative writing mentor par excellence. Her poetry is revolutionary and the vibe is nerve rattling and deep. She writes and sing Africa as if is an African princess born and bred in the length and breadth of Savanna miombo and Africa South of Sahara. Her subject matters are beautifully presented for the reader to enjoy the brew with a ravenous poetic appetite. Brave Voices Editor met with the Tracy Yvonne Breazile over a literary breakfast, Tracy brought mentorship ginger biscuits and Mbizo brought a poetic brew laced with pure wild honey. A wonderful breakfast. It is always exciting to mingle with excellence, talk prowess and write dexterity. Aluta Continua- WOMAWORDS eDitor.
Mala boldly interrogates the present day African with a poetic whip in his hand. his pen is his whipping sjmbok. The poem “Refugees” reflects the rot that stinks in African rondavels: “Out of their abodes, something pulled them: natural – earthquake, flood, eruption, tsunami… man-made – strike, coup, war, terrorism… War and terror are the worst of them all.” The poem grapples with pain, displacement, identity crisis and lack of belongingness. And these are contemporary African crises, which have become generational, even after the calamities of slavery and colonialism. These tragic crises mainly come from within; they are perpetuated by warlords, poor governance, terrorism, banditry, despotism and corruption by the post-independent African leadership. In the same poem, the poet also points out how the angry finger of God contributes to nature-caused tragedies: earthquakes, floods, eruptions and tsunamis. These natural tragedies are not only threatening the African child but also go beyond African borders