Somehow I missed the Dambudzo Marechera Commemoration on August 18.

Dambudzo Marechera died in 1987, shortly after a classmate of mine in Zvishavane introduced me to House of Hunger. Most of the scenes I remember vividly are the ones from my first reading of the book when I was in Form 3. I remember liking the description of the character's fight with a group of … Continue reading Somehow I missed the Dambudzo Marechera Commemoration on August 18.

Dangarembga’s fictional thesis statement in Nervous Conditions

Now that the Fall semester is about to begin, I am rereading Nervous Conditions in preparation for my Literature and Compostion class. I can't help but notice that the author gives us a clear map, which carries the purpose of the novel, in the first paragraph. See the following sentence: "... My story is not … Continue reading Dangarembga’s fictional thesis statement in Nervous Conditions

New Resource for Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions

I am going to be teaching Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions in Fall 2007! I am looking forward to explore this rich novel with my Literature and Composition class. To aide in the smoother journey through this book, I have created some web pages committed to information on Nervous Conditions on my website Munyori:Home for Writers. … Continue reading New Resource for Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions

Amy King and Public discourse

In her interview at Library of Congress, Amy King points out many great truths about poetry today. She states that the internet is providing poets the opportunities of easier publicity of their work. Of course, she is careful to mention that the availability of the internet does not mean that we should weaken poetry. What's … Continue reading Amy King and Public discourse

Support New Zimbabwe Through Humanitarianism –

The organization Munhu is one of the efforts humanitarians everywhere are working to help children in Zimbabwe. While developed countries are busy placing sanctions on Zimbabwe because of Mugabe and his authoritarian government, the exemplary democracies are ignoring the plight of the innocent. Children are the most vulnerable when adults are involved in ego-duets/truets. Therefore, … Continue reading Support New Zimbabwe Through Humanitarianism –

The Arts in New Zimbabwe

The following piece was published by the organization The Power of Culture on the website http://www.powerofculture.nl/uk/current/2007/august/bookcafe.html . I like the writer's observation that the current situation in Zimbabwe is a source of inspiration for a lot of young writers. In fact, I see of wave of significant writings coming out of the Zimbabwean present, linking … Continue reading The Arts in New Zimbabwe

Capture Ideas Before they Escape

Anyone who cares about the preservation of ideas should capture them before they escpape. It's like the way people are supposed to remember their dreams, that is, how they have to record them in order to revisit them later. But how many people really enjoy recording dreams? The experience of remembering one or two good, … Continue reading Capture Ideas Before they Escape