“Society doesnt need protest, it only needs a reality check…”
This week on Monday Morements, yours truly Edward NRS Dzonze talks to promising writer and poet Brian Muringisi .
E D :Brian Muringisi, the writer .Brief background please.
B.M : My name is Brian Muringisi, a final student at the University of Zimbabwe. My writing journey began when i was in form 3. That is when i took English literature and developed an interest in writing. I then began writing in my counter books. I am working on my first poetry anthology which i hope to publish soon.
E.D : I have personally known you from writing circles and i must say your writing pen seem to be evolving from strength to strength .What do you attribute the growth to?
E.D : Well i must first thank you for such kind words. I feel that i have decided to let writing come to me. So i write things that i feel, see and live.This allows me to be authentic in my writing. I am strengthening my reading culture as well with writers such as Tanure Ojaide, Stan Mushava and others shaping me.
E D : What do you perceive as the role of poetry in social and economic transformation as
opposed to other art forms?
B.M : Poetry really has what i call an
“outside” role. Its neither pro this or that .it refuses to be caged by the popular , simply stating reality in its tracks. If society is going to transform in any way , shape or form it does not need protests . It simply needs a reality check which is what poetry provides.
E.D : Coming back to the featured poem Thoughts of a Revolution. What inspired this deep and equally powerful poem?
B.M : I am very active on twitter. I was observing the online protest action, the hashtags and so forth.However it soon became apparent to me that , to many who were active in those online protests, a revolution remained a distant thought hence the poem thoughts of a revolution.
E.D : In the poem you speak of caged rabbits and river rats .Of what impact does the personification and simile have on the overal poem?
B.M : That may have to be left for the reader to determine really. But for me i choose to use rats to signify the “cowardice” of the person behind the keyboard. It seemed to me that the “rat” only speaks so much online because the “cat” is not there. So the personification shapes the poem’s commentary on “online bravery”.
E.D :To what extent is Zimbabwean literature competitive on the African map.
B.M :Zimbabwean literature has for years been peripheral on the African literary map. However its beginning to come back with Zimbabwean writers being nominated for international awards. Philani Nyoni and Tsitsi Dangarembwga have been nominated for international awards. We have a new crop of writers also with promising talent. So we are getting there.
E.D : Where do you see yourself in the next three to four years?
B.M : I fear that question the most. I fear not living up to my potential and dreams. But i see myself being an established writer in Zimbabwe and across its boarders. I see myself making money from the craft
E.D : Any parting remarks , links to your craft and contact details
B .M : I would like to thank you for this opportunity. I smiply want to say poetry lives on. Im on Facebook and on twitter my handle is brian_muringisi. Thanks once again.