WORD is a force and within its etymology, has a force as mysterious and mythical as the cycles of life presented in a woman’s body. Womanhood is a tribe with two sides that push and pull, drawing in and drawing out to balance between the physical and the ethereal. A woman is a S/WORD, slashing self-preservation to indulge creation into the path of continuity. Her voice is a lullaby that soothes kings before they wear crowns of authority and high handedness. Her voice of a weeping window burying her soldier sons. She is the hearth that feeds life a protective shell to glimpse its first experience of all earthly journeys. To discount a woman is to discount nature’s benevolence in its ever giving nurture. To disparage a woman is to spit at the hand of creation that give so much grace to a creature that births itself and other. In cerebrating womanhood, great poetry was birthed. No one can judge the emotions and wisdom within the words neither can accurate value be stamped authoritatively upon any piece, for all without fail deliver a universal truth about the plight of women in their journey of holding their divine portion in sustaining and carrying on the mantle of living. Great voices that speak ‘womalingo’ from WOWAWORDS recent entries delivered from their hearts and to other hearts. Ten pieces that speak as internationally as music does in its varied tones, tunes and crescendos from Caroline Akui of Kenya, Nelani Goonawardena from India and Anya Wikramanayake Sri Lanka, Colombo. Together We Rise -( Blurb by August Edition Guest Editor , Nancy Ndeke).
The signature angst of our time was profoundly expressed in the poems submitted for WOMAWORDS Literary Press June 2020 edition, Imaging Life After COVID-19, offering women poets an opportunity to write about their experience of the pandemic and their vision of or for the future. The universal trauma wrought by this virus, invisible and silent and pouncing with madness and mendacity, brings us to a place we’d like to forget but never will. Our world is charged. Our lives are changed. We embrace with yearning the better memories from our past. We are trapped in the present, making the best of it. We find it hard to envision a future undominated by this moment. It was difficult to select just ten poems from among the many submitted. There was not one unworthy poem. I’m honored to read them, to read the bios and get introduced to some fine new-to-me…
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Amazingly, WOMAWORDS continues Conversations with both prominent and rising women artists, activists and writers that inspire their communities through various projects. As per our principle, we value excellence, dexterity and prowess. We are overjoyed as usual to feature prominence and profile greatness. The WOMAWORDS eDitor, Mbizo CHIRASHA met with prolific Vision Therapist , prominent Mural Artist and Poet PATRICIA TRAVIS, the most exciting about her artist gigs is versatility, she switches from being a poet to a musician and fuses her writings with community intervention errands while she also use her Vision Therapist expertise to heal children and the elderly who are visually impaired. WONDERFUL. We are gratified to welcome you into the CONVERSATIONS STUDIO, Iconic human being Patricia Travis, Aluta Continua- blurb by WOMAWORDS eDitor, Mbizo CHIRASHA.
#Her artworks are illustrious, her paintings carry dignity of life. Rebecca Robinson bravely wields her weapons, A Pencil and A Brush to communicate life messages, to speak positive change and to heal communities from daily life traumas. Her artistic prowess tripled with maturity and exuberance mesmerizes her audience, her readers and other communities’ home abroad. Her wall exhibitions that include billboard painting projects exude versatility and diversity. Becky s creative career is an embodiment of spiritual reverence, emotional expression and humane contentment. WOMA-WORDS LITERARY PRESS Projects Curator, Mbizo Chirasha had a virtual coffee table conversation with legendary, Rebecca Robinson and we are artistically honored to feature this special Profile of the illustrious artist and game-changer. Rebecca Robinson studied fashion design in Atlanta, Ga. and continued her education at North Carolina Central University ,where she majored in Art/ Visual Communications and graduated with high honors. Her background also includes art history, printmaking, photography, graphic design, film, and creative marketing.We are proud and overjoyed to feature this prolific interview of this acclaimed Artist , Painter ,Gallerist and Chronicler. We trust our readers, poets and artist are able to pluck chlorophyll filled leaf of inspiration from this baobab of a human, Rebecca Robinson.
WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS* is a literary arts culture digital space exhibiting WOMEN voices of RESILIENCE and featuring Writings of RESISTANCE. In this great year of 2020, we are ready to unleash a highly ambitious, #DaughersoftheEarthProject, an International Writers Contest. The project seeks to promote dialogue, exhibit experiences and speak out dignified solutions on matters of menstrual equity and health through * VOICES of RESISTANCE* and WORDS OF RESILIENCE *. WOMA WORDS and VOICES to disarm perpetrators of barbarism, stigma and violence. And also free the girl-child from the yoke of inferiority complex and historical stereotypes. The CROSS OVER, Liberating Voices Journal is a global collection of writers, activists, artists and poets representing WOMAWORDS in their countries and continents. We take this opportunity to introduce the Fundraising Coordinator of the # Daughtersof theEarth Project , Writer and Peace Activist Melissa Begley and our 2020 Poet Laureate is Jamie Dedes . Jamie Dedes is the Founding Editor of THE POET BY DAY , an official publicity partner of the #DaughtersoftheEarth Project and other WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS Activities. Our Featured Image is courtesy of Poet and Visual Artist MIROSLAVA PANAYOTOVA ,our Bulgarian Associate. Aluta Continua!!! ( WOMAWORDS CHIEF EDITOR).
Her words echoed in my ears. The world slowed down, everything around me started going in slow motion. I looked at her and my whole life flashed in front of me. It spiraled around me as thoughts flowed in and out of my mind. My body felt numb; I lost all the feelings on my fingertips. I could feel anger settling down in my stomach, and I could feel the despair fill up until my throat. I was falling backwards or maybe it was the drugs? Her voice ran along my body, I couldn’t hear it any longer. I loved this state of ecstasy, but she couldn’t be a part of it, she couldn’t ruin just another thing that brought me happiness. Diane had to go.
NTEBEZA is a Ugandan word meaning Tell me a story.NTEBEZA has been adapted by creative crazes into a reverberating African Poetry Night taming the concrete jungle of Kampala into a Kingdom of literary hymns and a Canaan of metaphors. Carolyne Afroetry MA’s poetry beats resonate with honky honking drums of urban pop and wind pressing tenor of car horns. The Afroetry Duchess recently graced the Ladyhood event to pay tribute to the resilient revolutionary voices of Womanhood. Mbale is where the sun bathes the earth, hills and pastures in Uganda. Likewise ACEN’s poetry washes off devil hood and falsehood from this our Earthly Kingdom. In Mbale, the Afroetry Duchess Carolyne M.Acen serenaded academic green horns, fellow bards and rabbis with her waterfall gushing poetic prowess. When literary Royalty duties call, they call in droves, they will be no time to exhale or inhale the gift of oxygen. At most times the Duchess is a busy bee , writing lines , rehearsing punch verses and speaking to her world through city stereos and metro- televisions .On the 8th of March( woman month) Sanyu F.M and Sheraton Hotel hosted the poetic Duchess Carolyne M.ACEN and as usual the She-Hero griot sang from her poetry hymn book with that excelling air of creative diligence .
*Extraordinary* Daring* Liberating* Revolutionary *