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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


I was born in Zimbabwe, in the remote eastern highlands district of Nyanga,
in Mapfurira village. Left Nyanga for Chitungwiza city in 1994, and I started exploring writing that year, when I was barely twenty. My first book to be published, Voices from exile, a collection of poetry on Zimbabwe's political situation and exile in South Africa, by Lapwing publications, Ireland, 2010. KEYS IN THE RIVER: Notes from a Modern Chimurenga, a novel of interlinked stories that deals with life in modern day Zimbabwe was published by Savant books and publications, USA 2012,
found here; http://www.savantbooksandpublications.
. A book of creative non-fiction pieces, THE BLAME GAME, will be published by Langaa RPCIG( Cameroon 2013), a novel entitled, A DARK ENERGY will be published by Aignos publishing company( USA). I was nominated for the Pushcart twice, 2008, 2010, commended for the Dalro prize 2008, I was nominated and attended Caine African writing workshop, 2012. Published over 250 pieces of short stories, essays, memoirs, poems and visual art in over 150 magazines, journals, and anthologies in the following countries, the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India , Mexico, Kenya, Cameroon, Italy , Ghana, Uganda, France , Zambia, Nigeria, Spain, Romania, Cyprus, Australia and New Zealand.

Tendai Mwanaka

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There are forces we understand in life.
There are forces we won't understand in life.
These forces come upon us every day in our life.
Most of these forces would never try to understand us.
They wouldn't even try to know us,
just a little bit, to begin us.

All that we could hope for is
that all that we have given
all that we really are
would someday suffice enough
to light the way for us.