FOUNDER of the Poetic Licence – a poetry movement that brings together local poets under one roof – Tendai Maduwa has together with fellow poets Albert Nyathi, Chirikure Chirikure, Tinashe Muchuri, Ticha Muzavazi and Mbizo Chirasha revived the movement after a two-year hibernation.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
The movement has partnered with the University of Zimbabwe department of English Literature and the Literature Reading Club following the closure of the Book Cafe.
“This art genre (poetry) has been largely marginalised over the past years and my vision is to build an audience hence the idea to revive the Poetic Licence programme that will have a permanent fortnightly Friday slot at the UZ Education Lecture Hall,” said Maduwa, who is popularly known as the African Kid in poetry circles.
He said the programme was not only for poetry lovers, but was also targeted at communities to encourage them to start believing in poetry as a form of entertainment, information dissemination and education.
He noted that there was need to regard poetry as business and source of income for artistes.
“The spoken word industry must be considered as business and a profession that put food on the table for the poets. In that regards it must be well-supported in the same manner other genres like music are being supported by local promoters and other art participants,” he said.
He, however, applauded Culture Fund and the government for their support to the arts sector but said there was need to promote the genre from schools and afterwards as it could be a viable industry.
He said as part of the Poetic Licence programme they are considering hosting at least three poets in residence every year from various countries around the world.