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Introducing Stanley Onjezani Kenani

Stanley KenaniI have the greatest pleasure in introducing Stanley Onjezani Kenani. Stanley is a well known poet from Malawi. I have published his works in the print poetry journal, ‘A Hudson View’. His poem ‘Lilongwe at midnight’ is being published in the coming issue of Hudson.

STANLEY ONJEZANI KENANI

Born in 1976, Stanley lives in Malawi and has read his poems at the Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia and Poetry Africa in Durban, South Africa.

Some of the poets he has shared the stage with are Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine), Carolyn Forche (USA), Natalie Handal (Palestine), Chirikure Chirikure (Zimbabwe), Dennis Brutus (South Africa), Kereopetse Kgositsile (South Africa) and Kwame Dawes (Jamaica) among several others. His poems have been published in some prominent literary journals especially in South Africa. A member of the South African PEN, Kenani is a chartered accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Lilongwe at midnight
- an e-mail to Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa[1] at Wits University , Johannesburg , South Africa

your theory-laden brain might think we

all dream sweet potatoes and ripe tomatoes

and a free Zimbabwe where billions

have become useless; where trillions

no longer matter; where counting

starts in zillions as valueless as

toilet sheet; where tyranny

has lost its democratic mask

but at The Diplomats[2] downtown Lilongwe

morality is competing in value with the Zim Dollars

down there in the gutter. Noise pollutes the city

deafening our ears with praise-songs of new democrats

night blends with the darkness in the minds of men –

a recipe for doom. This drinking and smoking

this erotic dancing by half-dressed queens

frustrates the efforts of an ambitious nation

under the cover of darkness there is a hit-and-run

a life poisoned by some stubborn virus

at home the spouse dreams a prosperous Darfur

forgotten voices paid attention for once

and a China that doesnʼt arrest poets[3]

her dreams are not suspicious of the darkness

the blanket that covers Lilongwe’s evils

at midnight.

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[1] Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa is a Malawian poet

[2] The Diplomats is a famous nightclub in Lilongwe

[3] Chinese poet, Shi Tao, was imprisoned for 10 years in 2004 for exercising his freedom on speech

 

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Introducing Stanley Onjezani Kenani

I have the greatest pleasure in introducing Stanley Kenani, a well known poet from Malawi. I have published the works of Stanley in the print poetry journal ‘A Hudson View’. His poem, ‘Lilongwe at night’ is being published in the next issue of Hudson View.

Stanley Kenani

STANLEY ONJEZANI KENANI

Born in 1976, Stanley lives in Malawi and has read his poems at the Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia and Poetry Africa in Durban, South Africa. Some of the poets he has shared the stage with are Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine), Carolyn Forche (USA), Natalie Handal (Palestine), Chirikure Chirikure (Zimbabwe), Dennis Brutus (South Africa), Kereopetse Kgositsile (South Africa) and Kwame Dawes (Jamaica) among several others. His poems have been published in some prominent literary journals especially in South Africa. A member of the South African PEN, Kenani is a chartered accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Lilongwe at midnight

- an e-mail to Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa[1] at Wits University , Johannesburg , South Africa

your theory-laden brain might think we

all dream sweet potatoes and ripe tomatoes

and a free Zimbabwe where billions

have become useless; where trillions

no longer matter; where counting

starts in zillions as valueless as

toilet sheet; where tyranny

has lost its democratic mask

but at The Diplomats[2] downtown Lilongwe

morality is competing in value with the Zim Dollars

down there in the gutter. Noise pollutes the city

deafening our ears with praise-songs of new democrats

night blends with the darkness in the minds of men –

a recipe for doom. This drinking and smoking

this erotic dancing by half-dressed queens

frustrates the efforts of an ambitious nation

under the cover of darkness there is a hit-and-run

a life poisoned by some stubborn virus

at home the spouse dreams a prosperous Darfur

forgotten voices paid attention for once

and a China that doesn’t arrest poets[3]

her dreams are not suspicious of the darkness

the blanket that covers Lilongwe’s evils

at midnight.

——————————————————————————–

[1] Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa is a Malawian poet

[2] The Diplomats is a famous nightclub in Lilongwe

[3] Chinese poet, Shi Tao, was imprisoned for 10 years in 2004 for exercising his freedom on speech

 

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