Living Art Cafe guest digital exhibition of Israelis maestro Zehava Neter.

. My art expresses the journey of my life in the different periods, so the color and nature of the paintings expresses the feelings and emotions in the different periods. Recently I was drawn to a fascinating journey of painting that combines abstract and realism in one format where the visualizations, the line and the stain of color create and describe a new world, another in the spirit of the times, in the shadow of the corona virus, a world filled with images, happenings, feelings of fear, optimism and uncertainty. Website : https://www.artneter.co

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Youthful Pakistan Poet Syeda Anila Talib, your verses are not just poetry but your spiritual- cultural -ideological message to the spirits of the land, the gods and your people

Syeda Anila Talib   ,  your poetic supplications are blood rippling  as well as mind-thudding. These literary verses are an emotional epistle of love, glory, the mystery of life to the gods of your land. Talib, you are devoted chronicler of peace with passionate poetry that carries the hope of the land like grandmas -clay pot sweating with warm water to wash the sins of the earth, your heart is like a mighty ocean holding together the strings of spirituality, the dreams of the land, the glory of peace and the light of your people. This is not just poetry, it is a spiritual-revolutionary message to the spirits of the land, the gods and your people. These ideological spiritual versifications are a signal for your traversing into literary global podium -the journey to stardom is not far though it requires more and more tenacity, dedication and the requisite discipline- keep up the literary prowess and the poetic dexterity. Send my deep belly bottom love and my heart greetings to the griots and people of the land of Pakistan- (curator, mbizo chirasha

Kirinyaga griot Nettabella Rachael Simiyu, your verses are the revolutionary manifesto of protest poetry

Nettabella Rachael Simiyu, is a renown Kenyan writer, a blogger, a novelist and a published poet. She currently resides in Ethiopia- Addis Ababa. She holds a Bachelor degree in Education, in English Literature and Linguistics and is currently studying French at Alliance Française in Ethiopia. She is a teacher by profession, that has passion in Arts, and particularly biased on the rights of humans. In 2020, Nettabella won the Igby Essay Writers Award- Non-Fiction Category with the www.kalaharireview.com Magazine. She was also longlisted in the African Writers Awards for her short story ‘Wakini’s New Home’- under the Children’s Story Awards. As a writer, Nettabella has published two anthologies of poems- ‘Peregrination to the Land of Liberty’ and ‘Nakupenda and other poems from the Bosom of Africa’ in www.amazon.com . She has also published a novelette ‘Rebirth’ in Amazon.

Uhuru is a bilngual poetry classics collection in english to german -meet the curator/translator andreas .weiland

Mbizo Chirashas Dichtung sprengt den Rahmen dessen, was wir in Europa oder Nordamerika als Poesie kennen. Mbizo Chirasha ist vor allem ein mündlicher Dichter, ein "oral poet", der ausgeht von den gesprochenen Rhythmen der Sprache des "povo", des einfachen Volkes - mit allem, was sie ausdrücken kann: allem Kummer, allen Sehnsüchten, allen Hoffnungen. Kürzlich veröffentlichte die Literaturzeitschrift des renommierten New Directions Verlags in New York, die Evergreen Review, mehrere Gedichte Mbizo Chirashas. Dieser Dichter des "povo" beginnt auch in den Zentren der globalisierten Welt, endlich von immer mehr an Weltliteratur interessierten Lesern wahrgenommen zu warden- GermanVersion /Uhurucommentsry- Mbizo Chirasha's poetry goes beyond what we know as poetry in Europe or North America. Mbizo Chirasha is above all an oral poet, an "oral poet" who starts out from the spoken rhythms of the language of the "povo", the common people - with everything that she can express: all sorrows, all longings, all hopes. The literary journal Evergreen Review, published by the renowned New Directions publishing house in New York, recently published several of Mbizo Chirasha's poems. This poet of the "povo" is finally beginning to be noticed in the centers of the globalized world by readers who are increasingly interested in world literature- EnglishVersion/Uhuru commentary-

Israelis literary maverick Calif anchored the digital -arts cafe conversations with AfricanWilliamBlake

The wide-ranging article was published in the online magazine-"bkivon hroah " Magazine for the culture of literature and poetry, whose founder is the writer, poet, Reuven Shabat, who is also the owner of the publishing house Argaman Meitav. Poet Iris Cliff - writer and poet, dancer, translator and editor of poetry responsible for the field… Continue reading Israelis literary maverick Calif anchored the digital -arts cafe conversations with AfricanWilliamBlake

Zimbabwean Protest Poet Chigunda pens teeth-gritting /heart-tilting political imagery

Blessing S. Chigunda is a powerful but scarcely heard Zimbabwean poetic voice. The rising protest poet is slowly gaining his ground for exploring on thorny matters of political decadence, social/moral decay and economic inequality. His poetry songs are teeth gritting to the political zealots/ national establishment. The revolutionary voice in young Chigunda sings of the cancer of corruption gnashing the bone and marrow of the country as the peripheral populace is eating rough and drinking touch downtown and downstream. Poverty is the school and hunger are the school uniform, despair becomes the school shoe. Inside out of this poetic instalment Chigunda does not waste time singing hope but the poet-griot is pessimistic about everything. He is not content with the political power matrix of his country and freedom slogans sung since the dawn of independence. He wants to see more freedom lights, He writes - heart- roughening sand paper paradox, politically vulgar imagery and nausea arousing metaphor, his verses are tight bottlenecks when popped they spew fizzy smoke and bile -bitterness-(Curator-MbizoChirasha)

Israelis griot Yehudit Malik-Shiran,I enjoyed your adrenalin skidding three -course literati dinner

Your belly bottom songs are like wings of storm picking up from the rivers between mountains and rise up unto mountain peaks until beyond those mystic-mysterious mountains. You tell stories of home with that linguistically prowess and unrestrained verbal bravado. Your songs are strings of emotion inscribed unto the veins of our hearts with that simplicity that carry the smoothening depth, depth that does not break but changes the way our hearts beat and mental jive rhythms of our thoughts. You leave our feelings skidding like a rocked seat, you make our minds grope to see the universe- outside of mental caves. And our hearts continue to yell for more and more verses. Dear artist, your collective message is a multi-genre life poster written from a heart-beat that learnt about multi-tasking and sang unto podiums of diversity from its tender-times till this day. Through your song lyrics- I have learnt to master the art of suspense, love, hope, belief and depth – may be do we call that meditation or something more than that, for me everything of your verse is a prayer line. It carries sweet beads of tears, the sense of belonging, the mark of birthright, the beauty and the mystery of nature and life, the hope of light and the touch of spiritual realms- Some readers might see your writings as simple as they are but it’s a mammoth gig to dig into them inside out. My creative taste buds are rising up. Its great meeting you our prolific artist, accomplished educationist and great Israelis griot Yehudit Malik-Shiran

Guest journal exhibition of Taint Taint Taint Magazine founded/published by iconic American poet / multi-award winning writer  Jefferey Allen

Taint Taint Taint is currently a bi-annual online magazine. We publish new and established voices in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, multimedia and photography. Please review our mission statement prior to submitting works. Submissions are accepted via Submittable. We will only consider work that has not been previously published in print or online. Authors must notify editors if submitted works have been accepted at another publication via email at tainttainttaintmagazine@gmail.com. By submitting your work, you acknowledge that we are being granted First World Online Rights in the English Language exclusively prior to and up to six months after publication.

Pan -African writivism laureate Mbizo Chirasha collaborates with acclaimed poetry professor Anthony Francis Ramstetter, Jr. 

Our themes for our literary arts anthology, titled African Literary Arts: One Contemporaneous Anthology Celebrating the Global Diaspora (including African culture & society but not limited from circumAtlantic transpositions of United States Africa & African America/African Haiti & Dominica, African England & Eastern Europe as well as African Asia, etc.) are celebratory, variegated, ubiquitous, and unifying of Africa: spanning the beauty of African sex & sexualities, food & cuisine, rivers & mountains, rituals & dialects, tribes & politics, spirituality & morality. This multi-genre collection, numbering tentatively 350-450 pages in length, will include prosodies of hybrid narratives & short story, memoirs & personal essays, poetry, artwork and several other literary keepsakes, nuggets and gemstones.

 Cyprus born-raised/England based prolific  poet Soulla Orfanidou  pays homage to her birth-land /nature /time

Dear writer/poet Soulla Orfanidou, your deeply thought but stubbed verses split the readers brains. The short/ pint-sized set of poems carry a message, a wonder voice dedicated to the land of her people, to the beauty of her earth, to the daily struggles, dreams of the poet and hopes of her people. This real poetry inscribes the signatures of writer’s culture/traditions unto our mental cave walls. We all are in the know that writers/poets are griots of their countries and singers of their morality. They are both the mirrors and prophets of their birth-land. The suspense-filled poetry pays homage to seas/shores/ nature and time. Pan-Writers Caravan continues to embrace voices from Africa and abroad. This is a wonderful exhibition of Cyprus born /raised poet Soulla Orfanidou and we are publishing her instalment in both English and her home land language (Cyprus)-(mbizochirasha)

Israelis-poet Iris Calif ,the voice of the daughter of God

Daughter of God, Iris Cliff, Songs, Chambers Publishing (2020). The book has an opening with five poems that are a direct address to God and four chapters to the book: the first chapter: "A selfish woman in the kingdom of your children", the second chapter "Bat Haim", the third chapter "God's flower in my garden" and the fourth chapter "And with a voice from the soul" And who are you, daughter of God? I have to do it. )." When the night leads his eyes, I bless" (p. 11). And I want to bring the voice of the daughter of God here. A voice of creation, a voice of many waters, a voice of prophetic singing.The multitude of voices brought here in a unique language of the holy language and Kabbalah testify that she was chosen to speak. She is in our world on a mission from above. And there is in her songs a linguistic combination that is rare in its beauty, singular and bright, shaking and hidden.

ShamwariYemwanasikana embarks on publishing Girlchild Nuggets of the present and Gemstones of the Future book anthology series: Unlocking girlchild-creativity and writing skills through poetry/short essays/testimonials

Girl Child- Nuggets of Present and Gemstones of the Future is a new stage/podium of young girls to tell, write and speak out their stories, renditions, situations, trials, tribulations, triumphs, disparities and realities and then read/experience them in book anthology formulae as a way of communicating messages to their peers   and educating communities on the quest  to empowering the girlchild. This book collection also depict/exhibit the resilience and the determination of those organisations like ShamwariYemwanasikana who deal with fight for, protect, empower and defend the rights of the girlchild through various progressive activities in societies that dipped in decadence, dented by stereotype and violence. Life is a musical journey, it has to recorded for the benefit of both the present and future generations, hence creating, curating and publishing the forthcoming book under the banner of ShamwariYemwanasikana book anthology/story series. Soon the organisation will be opening a publishing/book press section to amplify the voices of young girls through words, literatures and other readable matter,

Aspen Words is an acclaimed literary podium : Emerging as a major -player in cultivating writing talents and raising them from creative trenches to stardom.

Aspen Words has grown into an international creative podium since its inception four decades ago. It then planted the succulent literary tree, picked the seeds in their abundance, grown them again into resilient literary thickets and dedicated time to cultivate more talent from across cultures . Aspen Words boast of a wonderment of literary/creative/artistic prowess and an amazing events calendar and program of activities that include Writers in Schools, Writers in Residence, Winter Words, Aspen Summer Words and The Annual Literary Prize. It has continued to mould, shape and carve creativity of both emerging writers and established writers through literary-character development fellowships and through Aspen Words the world is harvesting prolific writers of the stardom league, the list endless. The organisation staff is headed by multi-creative/talent/multi-faceted artist/writer/creator Adrienne Brodeur. The role of this blog instalment is to inform the literary scapes and creative communities about Aspen Words and its mammoth work- (blurb by mbizo chirasha)

Breaking News of  the African Literary Arts: One Contemporaneous Anthology Celebrating the Global Diaspora soon  to rock the world book podiums

Our themes for our literary arts anthology, titled African Literary Arts: One Contemporaneous Anthology Celebrating the Global Diaspora (including African culture & society but not limited from circumAtlantic transpositions of United States Africa & African America/African Haiti & Dominica, African England & Eastern Europe as well as African Asia, etc.) are celebratory, variegated, ubiquitous, and unifying of Africa: spanning the beauty of African sex & sexualities, food & cuisine, rivers & mountains, rituals & dialects, tribes & politics, spirituality & morality. This multi-genre collection, numbering tentatively 350-450 pages in length, will include prosodies of hybrid narratives & short story, memoirs & personal essays, poetry, artwork and several other literary keepsakes, nuggets and gemstones.

Caravan Chef talks to poetically dynamic Cathleen Davies as they   eat metaphor/irony-calcium rich strawberries from aloka magazine forest

Cathleen Davies, your poetic- organically simplified verses are bitter-chocolate mousse to architects of political discord, you are not a literary dissident but you are pen warrior with your ink fumigating   economic parasites and corruption maggots tearing apart /rotting the fabrics of sanity as the decay the freedoms / hope of nations. They use propaganda masquerade and slogan pontifications to kill promising nations and bury promising generations. The future is blotted with pain, the present is studded with controversy as crooked political grandstanding takes center-stage. Your poetry DNA plaque is carved with uncontested vivid -imagery rimmed revolutionary message – you are a revolutionary literary acumen/doyen carrying the rags of your cultural ideology in your creative back-pack with poetic patriotic zeal. Your poetry is protesting, patriotic and revolutionary. You remain the mirror of your society. It is fascinating to eat metaphoric-calcium-iron rich berries with you Cathleen Davies, head of content at Aloka Magazine. The Caravan is honored to feature the summarized profile of the prolific aloka magazine and the outstanding creative errands you partake with your artistic camaraderie Ellie (LI Ying):  - blessings (curator mbizo chirasha)

young and upcoming Nigerian writer Hassana Idris hunts for her literary voice through poet-ric experiments

Her poems are a record of life/love/painful memories, memories dipped in the swollen stagnant river of life, she chronicles her past with the zeal to see the best of her future and candidness that scathingly rubs her rugged soul like the rough rag of sandpaper on a beautiful damsels’ dimples. And through her verses, Idris beckons unto the heavy clouds of the future with mixed feelings of light/love/play /romance/mystery and darkness.

great poet/author Sayeeda Sharmin, yours are heart pinching nostalgic/ militant-tear stencilled poetic  verses shining with the glint of dawn

Sayeeda Sharmin,  your chest -tightening verses are  heart- pinching memoirs , militant letters of nostalgia , the poetic stencilled verses carry scars  of your life-grinding(painful)  past  , a history blotted with pain , sadness , despair and misery- your heart is an ocean bursting with tears held for too long -  for many years, it explodes of gasps  and burdens of loss – loss of the beloved , maybe through natural death/ warpath /battlefront or the other- your poetry is a disco-graph of  sorrow of skull-raving songs  sung in verse by a militant griot that survived tragical episodes of threat  and a brave voices that passed through  blood star-studded  corridors of death. It is a militant voice of profound reason. Yours are sad epistles glowing  with a glint of hope, dawn is slowly jiving into sunlit morning – freedom is coming- (curator mbizo chirasha)

african-malawian griot Khalipwina Mpina ,your blood rippling poetry is the lingua franca of bleeding hearts

This scintillating but mind -boggling poetry collection is an exhibition of the sorrows, painful experiences, the moral grind, a myriad of political discord and social /economic eyesore as experienced by the poet-chronicler-writer/griot and his people. He sees the pain of the boiling country in the teary eyes of poor children he teaches every day, he watches intriguing short films of sorrow through the shriveling breasts of mothers surrendering lives in the streets of suffering. He reads longform wrinkled facial pages of poverty marinated vendors- surely the language of the bleeding hearts. Mooning of the Morning Night is a dark story   of a country/people/land disembowelled by political disharmony, moral discord and social/cultural decadence-(mbizo chirasha)

poet/editor/scholar Anthony Ramstetter Jr set a poetic trap grenade to expose stereotypes and undress dictatorships

Your uncouthed metaphor and imagery smacks/breaks the bone/marrow of the godfathers of slavery as each verse like a poetic trap grenade undresses the unrepentant colonizer into utter nudity, your tightened- heart-titling images are smoking cigars stubbed and pressed unto corruption wrinkled current -political dictatorship – hypocrites, when they munch your poetry it tastes like sandpaper unto their greedy tongues.  Your verbal whip lashes/breaks the spine of global liars. You diss spiritual criminals and perennial hypocrites without pretentious restraint. Your verbal dexterity is beyond measure, your freedom to create/write is prolific. AS you unleash your verse/literary bombs against capitals of stereotype. This poetry is gut- wrenching and, mind raving. My first- or second-time reading poetry sitting on the edge like I want to runaway from the crude but wit- clad lyrical display here- your poetry- It is refreshing to feature new/unique/unusual voices – (mbizo chirasha)    

dynamic Ugandan author awadifo kili writes an intriguing hybrid narrative ‘Stains on a Cowrie Shell’

Today , I am not reviewing this most powerful hybrid narrative collection . This pan-writers installation is a display/exhibition of this intriguing narrative by our rising Ugandan poet/writer/human rights/girlchild activist Awadifo Olga Kili . She has written a lot of poetry /essays and stories and is published around the world. Her writings have received raving reviews , scintillating commentary and global readership. Stains on a Cowrie Shell is an intriguing read-(mbizo chirasha curator).

Zimbabwean author/singer/artist lingiwe patience gumbo pens   heart-nudging /nerve-cuddling -erotic poetry

Poet/writer  lingiwe dares us with some-what emotion packed – erotic verses. This instalment is refreshing as each verse/stanza ripples the blood, nudges the heart and stubbornly blows the psychical tendrils of the reader- remember love is stubborn as it is human and as well African. Such is love is poetic Love is one among the… Continue reading Zimbabwean author/singer/artist lingiwe patience gumbo pens   heart-nudging /nerve-cuddling -erotic poetry

israeli poet Iris Calif weaves didactic verses to transform human-kind for peace/freedom/harmony/love

This unique/unsuspected/usual style sums up that poems are supplications to the sacred spaces, epistles/letters to gods, to self and to spiritual proximities. Iris Calif, your poetry are proverbs and psalms of prowess to humankind. Your literary messages are didactic and saves to transform the humanity for peace/freedom/harmony/love. Your poetry is simple, deep, internalized and spiritual, the verbal play wrenches the gut than titling the mind/than rending the heart. It is refreshing profiling a unique theme, fascinating style, and a wonderful literary voice from Israel  Iris Calif (internationally -published writer/poet)- mbizo chirasha(curator)

Kenyan writer Abdallah adapts her Masai Mara life-experiences  into a satire/metaphor concocted poetic letter bomb

These wittingly stubbed poetic nuggets are an identity birth-mark to an African/Kenyan poetess rising to the podium clutching unto her black/red clay Masai-mara palms, some blood-rippling -mind nagging epistles of belonging, dreams of her ancestors and love letters to her homeland/father/grandmother. Cynthia Abdallah adapts her trailblazing childhood/life experiences in Masai -Mara into a satire/metaphor concocted letter bomb ready to explode /shake the global literary scene.

batswana griot Paula Otukile enchants us with an ancient -verse and carves african beliefs onto our identity-famished heart-caves

Paula Otukile, your poetry is a fascinating exhibition of African ubuntu, the real African cultural/traditional rites as embraced in the ancient Africa by our elders of the past. Some elders of this-day continue to hold on to such rituals but the practices are now half-baked/have been corrupted by decadence of modernity.  Your poetry speaks in sacred African tongues / sweet ancient languages of our motherland. This set of verses is a   honeycomb dripping with the cultural -sweetness of our birthland. Africa is a rich pot frothing with secrets, rites/ rituals, values/beliefs that are a signature in each and every facet of our social/moral/cultural life usually at birth/marriage /harvesting /rain season/ death /and after death. Ceremonies are done with song and dance as of with gods /ancestors of our past those believed to be floating on sheets of oxygen we breathe or sleeping underneath granite rocks of home, maybe living under the red/black soil we step on every day- the mystery of beliefs. Usually traditional beer is brewed, enchantments and supplications to African gods become the essence of the land. Otukile, your verses are inscriptions of my real identity inscribed on my heart-cave and of others cognisant of our African decency, we are descendants of great mediums and great rain gods/goddesses. Their values remain our birth right and are marrow of African-cultural-moral DNA-mbizo chirasha  

limassol poet/writer Ifigenia Metochi  inscribes her love epistles on african -rock faces

Poet Ifigenia Metochi is popularizing Cyprus poetry /literatures/writings/cultural arts to across the globe. Her writings are published in journals/magazines/presses in her Limassol writing community , in Cyprus presses and literary reviews abroad. Her social media presence gives her the requisite visibility for a literary practitioner of her calibre. I first met the mesmerizing Metochi with her wonderful solidarity contributions to the Voices of Africa (pan- african- Ihraf based) poetry project that we released with ihraf books in August 2022. Her writings are very simple but they carry a lot of depth, they are thought provoking, mind-titling and nerve- scratching. Her verses of passion are coupled with beat and rhythm of real poetry. English is not her birth language but she gives it her all with a proficiently amazing verbal dexterity and an immeasurable poetic prowess-simplicity and more depth. Poet Metochi is a prolific arts organizer, literary projects administrator, painter and a visual creative. Currently, Metochi curates a global- literary project- Poetry Unites People and Nations.

Ndisha the super -brewing pot concocting oxford jargon with all -sweet potato soup  of our ancient /old peoples tongues

We call this beautiful country  Tanzania , my poetic license  and my love for raw /unique African  names raves  me to call  this African bride Tanganyika  the genesis or the  eldest daughter/princess of our Queen mother  Africa .Yes ,maybe /truly the  not so- a distant  sister cousin of Azania , their label difference is that Azania wears rainbow  saris and black doeks and herself Tanzania/Tanganyika dons  flaring multi- coloured batik gowns but they are not rainbow, and at every dawn she bathes  her gorgeous self with sparkling dawn sunrays of Kilimanjaro mountain as  the mystic  symbol  exchange the puffs of early night smoke and hand cups of snuff with elephantine Kirinyaga and they all bathe inside the cascading discs of sunrays  at every daybreak and are later quilted by mighty – sometimes frightening black shadows at night -shift ,womanity of  the east. Tanzania/Tanganyika is my best story, the story of the granddaughters of Kambarage rolling the ancient snuff of wisdom between book leaves, drinking beverages of linguistics, concocting Oxford/Cambridge lexicon with the all sweet patoto- soup vitamin of their old -people’s tongues, roasting Swahili into English and seasoning English into Swahili. I rest my case, tonight not tonight but last evening the chief -caravanist had a Kilimanjaro- literary honeycomb talk with one dedicated academic, determined linguist, prolific editor, acclaimed languages specialist, African patriot, educationist and a learned granddaughter of Tanganyika, founder and originator of Ndisha Language Services ,Gloria Ndisha Mbongoma

Catherine Magodo-Mutukwa speaks in WoMA-NiTy Tongues.

  CATHERINE MAGODO-MUTUKWA  is a Zimbabwean  literary Arts Luminary, award winning author and advocate of the women’s rights. Her poetry, her stories and articles express her deeper and inner respect for the girl child. Her story BROKEN VESSEL was recently adapted into a film in Zimbabwe. The  powerful  versifier  and storyteller  continues to  mesmerize  with … Continue reading Catherine Magodo-Mutukwa speaks in WoMA-NiTy Tongues.

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Freedom Nyamubaya was like a baobab that did not shake its roots or shiver its canopy when child foxes substantiate their howl."

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