New beginnings, new horizons for House of Hunger Poetry Slam

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RENOWNED poet Chirikure Chirikure will on Saturday join local poets at Book Café for the House of Hunger Poetry Slam.

TINASHE SIBANDA,ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER

This will be the year’s first edition for the poetry gatherings which will run under the theme New Beginnings, New Horizons. The German-based Chirikure was one of the proponents of the slam in its formative years.

“Chirikure always comes back with new ideas, encouragement, higher standards and new horizons to share,” co-ordinator Dennis Madyira said.

“He will be joined on stage by another special guest, Robson ‘Shoes’ Lambada who was an early participant at the start of the programme and continues to encourage and raise the bar for younger poets in the slam.”

He said this month’s theme is aimed at encouraging new participants and to foster unity for 2014.

One of the leading female favourites at the slam, Moreblessing “Momo” Size, said the slam had taught her how to seize target audiences’ attention and captivate them with words, as well as the fact that crowds could critique work to help in the poet’s growth.

“This year is about reaching my greater heights and getting my poetry published by end of 2014,” she said.

The House of Hunger Poetry Slam provides a vibrant platform for performance poetry with soul-searching, hot and burning or peaceful and soothing poems which are a joy to the ear.

On average, 25 poets take part each month and are judged by the audience.

Established by arts development organisation Pamberi Trust, The House of Hunger Poetry Slam presents poets whose evocative display of words and rhyming skill has something for everyone interested in poetic expression.

In 2013, almost 300 poets participated in over 12 events.

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