What’s been happening with me this March

March has been a month of mixed fortunes and in seeking that light to illuminate the dark aura around my life I’ve had to be in continual pursuance of positive energies to ground myself personally as well as in believing things can only get better.

Through Shantaram I have discovered the great story teller who is Gregory David Roberts, in Dreams of Flight the phenomenal woman, Myesha Jenkins…amazing how your poetry spoke to me Myesha, thank you.

Fungai James Tichawangana called me miss-busy-performing everywhere just yesterday, March has also been a month of giving myself to the craft of performance.  8 March saw me perform at the Prince Claus Award Presentation ceremony organized by the Embassy of Netherlands for the Book Cafe.  On the 9th I was at Rainbow Towers performing with jazz musician Dudu Manhenga Muparutsa & the Cool Crooners as we celebrated Dudu’s journey as a musician in a show dubbed Rites of Passage: Dudu Manhenga’s Journey.

In a conversation around the works of Dambudzo Marechera I was honored to perform at the Zimbabwe German Society at the “Re-visiting Dambudzo Marechera: Old Texts Brought to Life” event.  An interaction between scholars, poets and literary lovers.   Memory Chirere read the preface to Amelia poems and read his own short story “Ariko” from his collection Tudikidiki, While Samm Monro aka Comrade Fatso and I did poetry dedicated to the celebrated writer. Biko Mutsaurwa from the Toyi-Toyi Arts Collective also engaged with Marechera’s poem “Throne of Bayonets” which he translated into Shona language.  What to me was amazing is the almost gentle side of Marechera reflected through ‘Amelia Poems’ that I never thought existed.

Catch me in Bulawayo on the 7th April at the Mlom’ Wakho Poetry Slam and HIFA 1-6 May.