Daily News journalist ventures into creative writing

BULAWAYO - Daily News journalist, Jeffrey Muvundusi, has released a collection of poems titled “The Elusive Thigh Gap.”

The 55-paged book, which was edited by poet-cum -playwright Bhekumusa Moyo and published by Komaseko Publishers, owned by controversial visual artist Owen Maseko, highlights various socio-economic and political situations that the nation has grappled with over the last 36 years.

Muvundusi told the Daily News that his constant interaction with creative writers inspired him to venture to put together the collection- a feat that took him almost 10 years to accomplish.

“This idea came about during my line of duty a few years back when on a number of instances I kept meeting some local writers. But it was seasoned author Ericah Gwetai who urged me on, making me believe that I could go beyond journalism and be an author as well,” said Muvundusi.

Muvundusi equated “The Elusive Thigh Gap” to the voice of the voiceless on matters relating to the socio-economic and political situation in the country.

“Through my poetry I try to lay bare a number of issues that the country has gone through in the past three decades. I come in as the voice of the voiceless highlighting the problems that ordinary Zimbabweans have been grappling with over the years. A number of the poems are also inspired by my own personal experiences,” said the journalist-cum-poet.

According to Muvundusi, the title of the book was motivated by women’s quest to have the perfect body which in most cases is an elusive one.

“It is like the futile pursuit by opposition parties, civil society and other like-minded groups to unseat ZANU PF which has been in power since Zimbabwe attained independence in 1980,” he said.

Muvundusi, who says his creative work are inspired by the late Dambudzo Marechera and Yvonne Vera, is modest about his debut work in the world of creative writing.

“I have been pleased by the initial reaction to the book. Since is my first book, I have to be grateful for the support from readers and fellow writers,” he said.

The book, edited by poet –cum-playwright Bhekumusa Moyo, was published by Komaseko Publishers owned by controversial visual artist Owen Maseko.

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