In Zimbabwe, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo epitomise the ideal of the poet dedicated to excellence in form as well as content. There are as many definitions of poetry as there are poets but, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary usefully explains, poetry is "Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through its meaning, sound, and rhythm. ..." In their arrangement of words and creation of sounds and rhythms, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo promote this classic view of poetry.
The sights, sounds and smells of the Zimbabwean veldt and suburbia determine the shape, imagery and content of Eppel's poems. -- Kizito Muchemwa, Poetry International Muzanenhamo could almost epitomize the . .. promising future of African poetry . .. a bright, new beginning. -- Brendan Nicholls, Stand Eppel has sent roots deep down into the soil. -- Nick Meihuizen, Scrutiny2 Muzanenhamo can be 'cool' but seldom 'light'. -- John Greening, The Times Literary Supplement.
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