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Companion of Life

Poems from Zimbabwe

Munyaradzi Mawere, Vakai Machinga

Publication Year: 2012

This is a dense, erudite collection of finely crafted poems that powerfully reflect on vices such as war, bad governance, deforestation, dissipation, greed, oppression and cruelty. The poems also tackle other important phenomena of life such as love, anxiety, weather, time, politics, morality, economics, justice, culture and the environment. The virtue of these finely tuned poems does not only lie in their philosophical questioning, but their artistic merit and audacious reflection of issues pertinent in human life of all ages. While some of the poems provoke amusement and others tears, the corpus of the collection educates through entertainment. The poetry penetrates into the greater depths of the public’s psyche to appraise, query, empty and expose their concerns in such a manner that should hopefully make those who cause or ignite human tribulations to rethink their actions and those haunted by the same to stay vigilant.

Published by: African Books Collective

Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-3

Table of Contents

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pp. iii-5

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Preface

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pp. v-vi

This collection of erudite and finely crafted poems spans a wide range of topics and themes including love, weather, pieces of advice, environmentalism, morality, time, anxiety, politics, economics, justice and culture. The book expresses with great dexterity diverse issues: it is a product of vast life experiences across cultures and imaginative forays of the authors into socio-economic and political issues that haunt...

Section A. Critical Reflections And Questions on Social Issues

Silent voices now speak

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pp. 3-10

A glass of tears

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pp. 4-11

So what exactly are you?

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pp. 5-6

Cry no more

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pp. 6-14

African Panorama

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pp. 7-15

Blitzkrieg in the gutter of mind

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pp. 7-8

Ebony my daughter

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pp. 8-9

Walls sag

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pp. 9-20

Money

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pp. 10-11

Sketches of a nation on a blood sunset

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pp. 11-12

Independence in prison

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pp. 12-13

Going or Coming?

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pp. 13-27

While the hills are young

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pp. 14-28

Everything Pays

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pp. 14-15

Fruits of Thorns

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pp. 15-16

The last walk

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pp. 16-33

This place used to be a thicket

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pp. 17-34

Elegy for a sad land

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pp. 18-35

Lundi River

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pp. 19-36

Alone on the road

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pp. 20-37

Perhaps not Knowing

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pp. 21-38

Why haven’t you heard?

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pp. 21-39

Where shall you go?

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pp. 22-40

Sam

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pp. 22-23

Predicament

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pp. 23-24

Armageddon

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pp. 24-25

Full moon

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pp. 25-26

A wire of eternity

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pp. 26-27

Home coming

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pp. 27-51

A tether of barbed wire

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pp. 27-28

Mogadishu

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pp. 29-54

Father to child

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pp. 30-31

Rwanda 1999

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pp. 31-32

Nothing Stays

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pp. 32-59

Burning in the still rain

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pp. 33-60

Strange neighbors

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pp. 34-61

Who shall hear our voices?

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pp. 34-35

When terror of the monster roars

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pp. 35-36

Summer night

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pp. 36-37

The end is near

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pp. 37-68

Still where I left you!

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pp. 37-69

Prayer

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pp. 38-70

A country called Zimbabwe

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pp. 39-71

Nightfall

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pp. 40-72

Hope of Despair

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pp. 40-41

Section B. Personal Philosophies Life Experiences Inner Feelings

You have fears too?

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pp. 45-78

A moon of nakedness

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pp. 46-79

A crazy world

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pp. 47-80

Anna

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pp. 47-48

Grandpa

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pp. 48-49

A dry season

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pp. 49-50

A wet moon

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pp. 50-87

I heard him come

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pp. 51-52

Love

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pp. 52-90

Time

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pp. 52-53

A Letter to my sweetheart

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pp. 53-93

A promise

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pp. 54-94

Without end

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pp. 54-95

A silent travel

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pp. 55-96

All clocks on my wall

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pp. 55-56

Time to part

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pp. 56-57

Ecstasy

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pp. 57-101

A prayer from the cemetery

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pp. 58-59

Your smile

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pp. 59-104

Angel 1

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pp. 60-105

Angel 2

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pp. 61-62

Angel 3

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pp. 62-108

Angel 4

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pp. 62-63

Emotions flare on a matchstick

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pp. 63-111

The happiness of us (Salut de I home)

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pp. 63-64

Make a call

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pp. 64-65

Will you come at noon?

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pp. 65-116

Hollow Despair

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pp. 65-66

Heavy Terrible Words

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pp. 67-119

League of the Night and Fog

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pp. 68-120

If tomorrow comes

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pp. 69-121

Elegy for Muzee!

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pp. 70-122

Deep thoughts

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pp. 71-123

Violent Storm

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pp. 71-72

Searching Soul

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pp. 73-126

The Power of a Woman

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pp. 73-127

Letters to My Love

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pp. 74-128

Defeat is a Joyful Journey

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pp. 75-129

In this crazy city of grey rain

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pp. 76-130

Grandma

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pp. 77-131

Nostalgia

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pp. 78-132

To the Old People’s Home

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pp. 78-79

Dry Spell

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pp. 79-80

Home Longing

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pp. 80-137

True love

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pp. 81-138

Elegy for a Dictator!

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pp. 81-82

Street Vending

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pp. 82-83

Letter to Lorraine

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pp. 83-143

At the River

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pp. 84-146

Back Cover

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pp. 147-147


E-ISBN-13: 9789956728930
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956728497

Page Count: 92
Publication Year: 2012

OCLC Number: 828740566
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