Blessing-Miles Tendi writes with thorough commitment. The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe came out of approximately 150 in-depth interviews with Solomon Mujuru’s military and political associates in five countries. Tendi does not hold back Mujuru’s flowers, somewhat commemoratively views him as “Zimbabwe’s last great hero,” and humanly indulges his failings. If you should feel less celebratory about Mujuru after reading the biography, it’s because there is no skipping or glossing either.
At a small press, the poetry series features easily recognisable names from showbiz and media, and few National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) recognitions. But the refreshing development is younger poets moving beyond pre-occupation with national politics to venture into themes like sexuality, philosophy and cultural memory. Sibonginkosi Nkala interviews three rising stars of Zimbabwean poetry.