ISBN 9781779220196
Pages 76
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2003
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Blind Moon

by Chenjerai Hove

A new collection of evocative and defiant poetry from one of Zimbabwe's leading literary and political writers. The poems reflect on the plight of the individual citizen and the state of Zimbabwe, the poet's birthplace and spiritual home. They convey empathy for those who suffer anonymous deaths at the expense of tyrannical power, and yearning for a more peaceful world and spirit of common destiny; their intention being in his words' to persuade the heart and the soul and human body to be together and to gently cry out to the world'.
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Review

"...read as a whole it is rich in touching a range of human experiences and emotions, seeming to move effortlessly between earth and sky, love and death. It is angry and sad, but it is not bitter. In Hove’s world there is still hope, there is still love, there is still emotion. There is potential for a better world where the human soul can be released to fly like a bird."

About the Author

Chenjerai Hove

Born in 1954 near Zvishavane, Chenjerai Hove published his first collection of poetry, Up in Arms, in 1982 and The Red Hills of Home in 1985; the latter drew on of his deeply felt moral anguish over the brutalities of Zimbabwe's war of liberation (1967- 80), which he observed while teaching in the rural areas during the period.

His third volume of poetry, Rainbows in the Dust (Baobab Books, 1997) is a reflection on the betrayals of independence. His first novel, Bones (1988), which won him the Noma Award, shows the depth of his empathy for rural people and in particular rural women. If Hove is (or was) a nationalist, he is also fearless observer, and has never shied away from recording the violence of the new Zimbabwe in his fiction, his poetry and his journalism. An outspoken social and cultural critic, he writes a weekly column for The Zimbabwe Standard. His other novels are Shadows (Baobab Books, 1994), Ancestors (College Press, 1996); and he has two collections of essays, Shebeen Tales (Serif, London, and Baobab Books 1994), Palaver Finish (Weaver Press, 2002); the latter is also translated into Shona as Zvakwana! and Ndebele as Akudle Inqondo.

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