I have met a lot great people in my creative life. One greatest writer, friend, mentor and poet is Tracy Yvonne Breezile from United States of America. She is an American Poet possessed by an African literary revolutionary spirit. Her ability to tap into African traditions of writing and poesy bewilders the reader. She sings the death of African peace with spiritual passion, her verses echoes along with those of Nyamhita Nyanda Nehanda’s grandchildren. She sings of African terrains, rainbows, African owls and doves. She writes on the palm of Africa as her spirits roam in caves of Mt Kilimanjaro , zenith of Mt Ruwenzori , in elephant grass pastures of Gururuswa , in crevices and cracks that make the Great Zimbabwe, she strolls on top Table mountains and kiss its snow cap without a hesitation . She laughs with fish in the waves of White Nile and Blue Nile. She chats on spiritual Facebook with monkeys in the Tropical Rainforest and she twitter her messages to spirits floating and bathing in ShunguNamutitima ,the smoke thunders , Mosia Tunya . She wonder with the African Wonder , the Big Five . She is amazing American anatomy carrying in her an African spirit . Tracy Yvonne is our Mentorship in Residence at the Zimbabwe We WANT POETRY CAMPAIGN, a professional writer, poet not by accident by passion and human experience .Together We Rise .
Clicks with English sharp over tones blended
In sync with the rock of thunder sounding made
Chatter mumbled throughout the market vending,
Seamlessly with new and unique local flavor parade
Bouncing buzzing echoes in a symphony of languages.
Thinking about his plan to visit the earthen moss
At the edge of the world, under the Southern Cross.
Left, then right, no source of the rat tat….taught
Silenced at the sound of that resounding gunfire
Swiftly, a generation of still breeding thoughts
Misting unnerving unsettling angst minds on fire.
Confused in frenzy, deafened the ears, weak in the knees,
Grasping to find that thing that hangs the moon across,
And find edge of the world, under that Southern Cross.
The Delta often causes a questioning
A certain echo that talks to the angels
In the mist under the satellite
North of Nambia, south of the Angola lights
Misty River echoes their names in the dark
Avenal whispers in the mist makin’ his music
Reverb from the river resonates amplifying the music
The mountains’ impasse often begs the question
And cause concern for the angels
The mist clouds the satellite
Masked river dance by firelight
Shadows dancing in the dark
Shadows shade the shadows in the dark
While echoes lingering in the music
Pass the burdens to the vision quest
Listen to the choir of angels
While the shadow casts on the satellite
The dance of the moonlight
The music echoes with the pulse of the bright lights
Shed the fears in the flames of the dance in the dark
The mist lingers in the edge of the music
Avenal brings his questions
To the arena of the angels
At the root of the mountain under the satellite
Hang his hopes on a banner under the satellite
Sing a song of hope by the firelight
Shake the fears dancing in the dark
Tempting tones of dreaming music
Give the flames all his questions
Barren justice and uncertainty to the angels
Ponder the chaos and talk to the angels
Let the angst escape under the satellite
In the valley of the twinkling lights
Stepping toward the angels in the dark
Echoing songs of the valley in the music
Remembering stolen flames and the quest
Shadows in the dark dance to the music
And beg the questions for the angels
Under the satellite beside the firelight.
Tin shed shack houses lined the barren sands
Little dirt floor houses on barefoot trail.
Took that knife and slit my hands
Distressed indifferent encampment tale
Check in only to retire
Stoke the fire.
Been here so long, I lost time
Departed nomad’s plumes of smoke rise
And merge into the leaden sky
Contemplated walked for weeks
Haunting wretched mess.
Poke the fire.
Beach of Bones over that way
Labyrinth down the way just past the mine
South African sun will burn you alive
Cast horrid plumes of dust.
They never come back.
Stoke the fire.
TRACY YVONNE BREAZILE is a Writer living in the United States of America. She was granted the opportunity to serve as Writer/Mentor in Residence with the 2018 Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Mentorship Program, originated by Mbizo Chrirasha.Breazile studied Language and Literature with a concentration in Professional Writing at Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, USA. The graphic images collected here are selected from the 2018 Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Mentorship Program Poetic Rhetoric and Composition Workbook she created to aid participants seeking to learn about poetic forms and functions. She would like to help people voice their feelings and attitudes about the many conflicts and dilemmas that frequent the human frame. She is currently working with Mbizo Chrirasha in hopes to inspire writers to create short stories.The program aims to discover the mechanics of the short story and illustrate some of the various genre and styles that a writer might like to utilize in their stories. Peace is her passion.She is currently working on a collection of poetry echoing culture and customs of Africa. This work includes definitions and examples of various forms and functions of poetry as it has evolved through the ages. It is her hope that freedoms of speech encompass the entire globe. She would like to help people voice their feelings and attitudes about their conflicts and dilemmas through poetry. Her poetry is included in anthologies such as “Expressions of the Heart.”
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MBIZO CHIRASHA is the 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub Curator . International Human Rights Art Festival African Fellow, Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine .Arts Features Writer at Cultural Weekly . Founder and Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal . Poetry Contributor to Atunis Poetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to Demer Press International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His recent collection of his experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print ,on Amazon.com and at AfricanBooks Collective . Mbizo Chirasha is the Orginator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival. 2003Young Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development in Ghana. 2009 Participant to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the ShungunaMutitima Film Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. The Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer ,publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.