The Guardian recently announced Kayo Chingonyi one of the 50 fresh voices in literature you should be reading now. Less than a year since I had the pleasure of seeing him at Africa Writes 2017 and now having read his poetry collection 'Kumukanda', here's a short piece on two of the poems featured in it, … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi’s ‘Kumukanda’
7 by Rali Chorbadzhyska Sometimes I think about the number 7 before I fall asleep. In Numerology, it represents the combination of the divine, the spirit and the earthly, the body. If it was to be drawn, this is what it would look like: The triangle is the spirit and the square is the body. … Continue reading ‘Illustrated’ Short Story – ‘7’
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska What is weirder than waking up in a bug’s body and gradually turning into a believable insect? Actually waking up as Gregor Samsa and gradually making your way to become a complete human being! Haruki Murakami takes care of the reader’s curiosity about what happens to Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ protagonist and what becomes … Continue reading ‘Samsa in Love’ or How Murakami Reinvents Humanity
'If the ultimate self that never left could see me, what would he make of this literary pretension?' asks Kayo Chinogonyi in his poetry collection 'Kumukanda'. The title of the book translates as 'Initiation' and depicts the development of a young boy through a succession of poems that explore the complexity of an immigrant's identity. … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi
Are you free on the first weekend of July this year and looking for something amazing to do? As their website puts it: 'The Africa Writes festival is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent … Continue reading Africa Writes 2017
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska *This is an excerpt from a longer essay on 'Exploring the Formation and Development of Selfhood in the 18th as well as the 21st century' that works on the premise of childhood being divine and longed for by artists (due to its importance to the self). William Wordsworth’s portrait painted by Benjamin … Continue reading The Collaboration of Times: William Wordsworth ft. J. Cole
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska The Role of an Individual Voice in Shaping Histories and the Reader’s Perception of them as explored in Jorge Luis Borges’ Short Story ‘The Shape of the Sword’ Jorge Luis Borges’ craft to fit a novel worth of meaning into a short story does not fail to excel in ‘The Shape of … Continue reading The Masterful Layering of Voices in Borges’ ‘The Shape of the Sword’
Check out this brilliant poem we stumbled upon! Visit the original post for more! We hope you enjoy it 🙂 We give the jingles to a bell We turn silence into a yell. We are the elements of a cell We are emulsion, we are the gell. We are the substances that we sell We … Continue reading A poem by Onyeche Vincent Onyekachukwu that we loved!
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Back when I was 16 I read Jack Kerouac's most famous novel and was inspired to write a poem. The Beat Generation seemed 'cool' and I even tried Burroughs' 'Naked Lunch' but I congratulate anyone who managed to finish this book. I couldn't. I look back at my naive attempt and I … Continue reading Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’
Here is a poem we stumbled upon and absolutely loved!