A lyrical collection of poems
THIS is a collaborative work put together by three young wordsmiths. The writers have one thing in common - their consuming love for poetry.
Although the poems show the individual tastes and differences of the poets, another thread that runs through the work is the confidence and poise of the contributors.
On the whole, the poems are essentially lyrical, with the three voices providing insights into their lives and characters as we read and relish their work.
Jah Rose bestrides the first part of this work with her assured, evocative verses. Her talent is obvious as her 14 poems contain striking imagery, symbolism and other poetic elements.
For her part, Rita Chihawa, while also a competent poet, portrays a lot of vulnerability in her verses. To her credit, she uses rhymes effectively in many of her poems.
Lebo Leisa's poetry is often disturbing and shocking. The profound use of repetition and alliteration reinforce her themes of abuse and salaciousness.
Her work rounds off the efforts of the poets.
This work is already making waves; for example at the formal launch of the book, literary critic and academic Mathene Mahanke praised the symbolism in the poems.
Reading one of the poems, he said: "The opening line reads: 'I yearn like a coloured butterfly to fluff away in a song ...'
"In this line we are afforded an opportunity to peep inside the mind and soul of the author ... the words that come out are likened to a song because it will not just be a haphazard junk, but it will be words selected to make an intended impact, and packaged to appeal to the ear of the listener.
"In the same line the words are likened to a butterfly which gracefully moves from one flower to another ....
"But this is no ordinary, dull butterfly.
"Like the flowers it visits, it also has colour; meaning that it blends well with the flowers ... The metaphor can be stretched further:
"While the butterfly moves from one flower to another we marvel at the beauty produced by the colourfulness of the butterfly and that of the flowers."
This new book indeed brightens the appreciation of poetry lovers.