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By (author): John Eppel By (author): Togara Muzanenhamo
9780797494985 Paperback English POETRY / African Apr 01, 2018
$20.00 CAD
Active 5.7 x 8.6 x 0.4 in 106 pages amaBooks
In Zimbabwe, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo epitomise the ideal of the poet dedicated to excellence in form as well as content. There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets but, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary usefully explains, poetry is "Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through its meaning, sound, and rhythm...." In their arrangement of words and creation of sounds and rhythms, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo promote this classic view of poetry.

John Eppel, born in 1947, is an English teacher in Bulawayo. He published his first poems in the 1960s, in Two Tone, and his first collection, Spoils of War, in 1989. John won the Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry for Spoils of War, and the M-Net prize for his first novel, D G G Berry's The Great North Road. His second novel, Hatchings, was chosen for the series in the Times Literary Supplement of the most significant books to have come out of Africa. His other novels are The Giraffe Man, The Curse of the Ripe Tomato, The Holy Innocents, Absent: The English Teacher, Traffickings and The Boy Who Loved Camping. John's other poetry collections are Sonata for Matabeleland, Selected Poems: 1965-1995 and Songs My Country Taught Me. Two collections of his poetry and short stories have been published: The Caruso of Colleen Bawn and White Man Crawling. Poems and short stories of Eppel's have appeared online and in many anthologies and journals, and his recent collaborations with other writers include Together, with Julius Chingono, and Hewn from the Rock, with Philani A Nyoni. Born in 1975, Togara Muzanenhamo studied Business Administration in the Netherlands and in France. He has worked as a journalist and a film script editor. His poems have appeared widely in international magazines, journals and anthologies. In 2006 his debut collection of poems, Spirit Brides, was published by Carcanet Press and shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. The Times Literary Supplement welcomed the poet as a young writer of solid distinction: ?he can be "cool" but seldom "light". His best writing makes no reference to itself, does not allow itself to be damaged by over exuberant metaphor.' In 2012 Muzanenhamo was chosen to represent Zimbabwe at Poetry Parnassus in London, ?the biggest gathering of poets in world history', where he read at the gala event with Seamus Heaney, Kim Hyesoon, Bill Manhire, Kay Ryan and Wole Soyinka at the Royal Festival Hall. Poetry Parnassus was part of the Cultural Olympiad that preceded the 2012 Olympic Games. His second collection, Gumiguru, is published by Carcanet Press.

The sights, sounds and smells of the Zimbabwean veldt and suburbia determine the shape, imagery and content of Eppel's poems. -- Kizito Muchemwa, Poetry International Muzanenhamo could almost epitomize the ... promising future of African poetry ... a bright, new beginning. -- Brendan Nicholls, Stand Eppel has sent roots deep down into the soil. -- Nick Meihuizen, Scrutiny2 Muzanenhamo can be 'cool' but seldom 'light'. -- John Greening, The Times Literary Supplement.

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