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Zimbabwe: another Dambudzo Marechera?

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Zimbabwe, Literature

Poet Tinashe Mushakavanhu has been compared to Dambudzo Marechera [1]. eshuneutics disagrees [2]: The gaps are more to do with a poet learning a visual syntax whereas the breaks in Marechera are a psychological terrain that has to be crossed with a struggle, with effort, with full engagement by the reader. I find Mushakavanhu’s poetry to be interesting, but to draw comparisons with Marechera is misguided: the obvious comparisons—beyond the fact that both have connections with Zimbabwe—are really quite spurious and detrimental to a developing poetic talent.