Two of Zimbabwe’s foremost poets, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, recently launched their latest anthology, Textures, at CBC.
Eppel, who teaches English at the College, and Muzanenhamo, both accomplished wordsmiths in their own right, have combined in this literary project that seeks to add value to the country’s literature literary landscape.
A second launch of the book, published by local publishing house, AmaBooks, was held at the Indaba Book Cafe.
The night’s gathering had the opportunity to hear powerful readings from both poets whose styles, while starkly different, both clearly demonstrate their attention to poetic craft and which, although distinctly Zimbabwean, reflected universal themes.
“We are very pleased to be launching this collection by the two poets. Eppel’s poems, short stories and novels have been published on many occasions in Zimbabwe, but we feel these poems represent some of his best work. We were particularly keen to bring Muzanenhamo’s poetry to the attention of a Zimbabwean audience, as his two previous collections of poetry had been published by a UK publisher, Carcanet. Both poets are accomplished wordsmiths and we think that this collection will be a valuable addition to the Zimbabwean canon,”
– Brian Jones of AmaBooks
John Eppel is a prolific writer, publishing his first poems in the 1960s, and many since in numerous anthologies and online. He has had four collections published, the first winning the prestigious Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry.