God Is a Poet Nomthandazo Tsembeni

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Published: August 25th 2015

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God Is a Poet  by  Nomthandazo Tsembeni

God Is a Poet by Nomthandazo Tsembeni
August 25th 2015 | Perfect Binding | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 140 pages | ISBN: | 10.18 Mb

Nomthandazo Tsembeni‘s beauteous lines in “God Is A Poet” exert a tantalizing force of attraction. Streams of words gush forth from her pen to freely follow the flow of her inspiration and take the reader where he may fear to tread. With the innateMoreNomthandazo Tsembeni‘s beauteous lines in “God Is A Poet” exert a tantalizing force of attraction.

Streams of words gush forth from her pen to freely follow the flow of her inspiration and take the reader where he may fear to tread. With the innate sense of aesthetics of the musician and actor she is, the South African “Lady Black Poet”, as she likes to call herself, produces words that harmoniously connect antagonistic realities.Her book divides into five parts.“God Is a Poet”, the main corpus, offers free rhyming lines that create resonances between the various aspects of existence.

The crude terms she chooses when she evokes such issues as gang rape, Aids, or life in post-apartheid Soweto, are in no way rude terms used for the sake of it. “Her vulva open like a drain”, for instance, must be seen as an expression meant to expose problems so that they can be properly addressed. The overall objective is clearly to debunk the myth of fatality. When the author invites death to the feast of poetry, it is to give a vision of the essence of life, i.e. to reconcile death - “the beginning” -, and life, where the acknowledgement of the presence and absence of the departed can make us see “the tree smile and wave at” us.

Poetry then allows the transmutation of earthly realities into a spiritual perception of life through words. She roots her convictions in her Xhosa identity, and happily marries the African traditions and gods to her Christian faith. She will readily assert that she writes, “To impregnate darkness with a fetus of the light”, even if “the light” has to “penetrate darkness from behind”.

She never shuns the necessity of conjuring up pungent associations of images, endorsing the identity of a “naked goddess of orgasms” to better explain what a woman expects from a man. She definitely asserts her identity as an African, and as a woman, and envisions her verse as a seminal work to remind women they are all “the best stanza” the Creator of the Word has ever written.She creates as a motivational young woman. In her “Diary of a Woman”, the second section of her book, she poetically hints at the common dreams and problems of girls, to grant advice in the form of “know your worth” tips, also aimed at men.

She assumes the role of an empowering writer who understands that the new South African generation needs to be guided on the road to fulfillment and success.Part 3, “The Perfection In You”, performs the same function, but in prose, a pre-figuration of the author’s novel, “Time Is Never On Time”. The fourth section, “Untold Stories”, consists in a series of four poetic fables intended to illustrate the quandary of how best to manage relationships, and get rid of any feeling of failure and guilt.

So, the book finds its unity. Its conclusion comes with the witty “Quotes”, which were originally posted on the social networks.The whole collection is immersed in the warm womb of the Word. It is definitely an ode to life and a fiery tribute to women. If ever Shakespeare’s wish: “O, for a muse of fire, that could ascend The brightest heaven of invention!” has ever been close to coming true, it is with the words of Nomthandazo Tsembeni.Brigitte Poirson



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