Poets brace for monthly clash

HARARE - Over 20 performance poets will clash at the Book Café on Saturday during the monthly House of Hunger Poetry Slam.

The afternoon event will bring together poets from Harare and beyond in this month’s edition which will celebrate the World Poetry Movement. Participants in the House of Hunger Poetry Slam will be judged by a panel of their peers based on content and performance.

The event has unearthed some talented new poets every month who benefit through sharing the stage with established poets like Arnold ‘So Profound’ Chirimika and female poet Moreblessing ‘Momo’ Size who have gained huge experience and exposure from the use of the platform.

The House of Hunger Poetry Slam was named after the prize-winning novel by the late great Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera, and has become a great platform for freedom of expression for Zimbabwean poets.

Saturday’s event will be part of The World Poetry Movement which believes that it is possible to defuse wars and political conflicts through dialogue and agreement. The World Poetry Movement was founded by directors from 37 International Poetry Festivals who gathered in Medellin, Colombia in July 2011.

Fernando Rendon, a member of World Poetry Movement’s coordinating committee says: “We invite international poetry festivals, poetry organisations, the poets, workshops ,schools, musicians, artists, actors, filmmakers, dancers , painters, and organisations and poets that are members of the World Poetry Movement to celebrate from July 1 to July 30 2014 through thousands of mass poetry readings and interventions in open and closed public spaces to create a path of unity for the world’s spiritual energy.”

The late mbira star Chiwoniso Maraire and renowned poet Chirikure Chirikure performed at the launch in Medellin three years ago while protest poet and cultural activist Sam Monro, better known as Cde Fatso, was elected to the coordinating committee of the World Poetry Movement this year.

For 2014, more than 446 readings and other poetic and artistic activities for global peace have been confirmed to be held during the month of July in 44 countries from four continents in response to a call from the Coordinating Committee of the World Poetry Movement.

The House of Hunger Poetry Slam at the Book Café on Saturday will be part of the continental initiative by Artwatch Africa, an Arterial Network programme which aims to raise awareness around issues of freedom of creative expression in Africa. Pamberi Trust’s administration manager Pamela Ndoro was recently appointed as the Artwatch Coordinator for Zimbabwe.

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