ISBN 9781779314574
Pages 122
Dimensions 210x148mm
Published 2023
Publisher Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Coming of Age


by Gift Sakirai

In ‘The Curse’ we see the existential dilemmas that the characters have to deal with in their day to day life on hard planet earth. These recurring dilemmas become the leitmotiv of the whole collection. The poet uses literary figures and philosophical terms that connect with past literature like Sisyphus, Nirvana, quixotic, The Pied Piper, Spartans, Jim Crow etc. in his poems to show us the situations his characters are going through, likening them to these past literary figures and their stories. In ‘Coming of Age’, the poem that informs this collection and titular to the collection, he talks of the ghetto being, his journey as he tried to break the cycle of poverty and vault himself out of the ghetto and the political situation that weighs heavily on this being. How this being comes of age in the scourge of this time. This is an important and well assembled beautiful collection of poetry of the Zimbabwean struggle.

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About the Author

Gift Sakirai

Gift Sakirai was born in 1983 in Mutare, Zimbabwe and he has lived there for most of his life. He is a poet, writer and academic whose poems and short stories have been featured in both the print and electronic media courtesy of the Gourd of Consciousness poetry circle which he is a part of. He has contributed poems to Essential Verses, an anthology which was published by Essential Books Publishing Company and Zimbolicious 7: An anthology of Zimbabwean Literature and Arts which was published by Mwanaka Media and Publishing. His short stories were featured in the following anthologies Where Hope Lingers A Little Longer, The New Dance and Other Christmas Stories and As the Days Go By which were published by Essential Books Publishing Company. He has also published a novel entitled Alone. Presently, he is teaching English at a teacher training college in Mutare, Zimbabwe.