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No financial rewards from my novels: Eppel



BULAWAYO-BASED poet and writer John Eppel has said his books have not earned him meaningful financial reward, but connected him with a lot of people who enjoy reading his works.

Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style, Eppel said this year he would be publishing his eighth book, an anthology titled Not the Whispering Wild to be published by Pigeon Press, Bulawayo.

“Although my books have not helped me much financially they have connected me to a wide variety of people who enjoy reading them and that warms my heart,” he said.

“I am bringing out another collection of poems including collaborations, my twenty second publication that will be talking about the usual things like nature, people, country and time running out.”

Eppel said the title of the anthology was derived from one of his poems.

“There are about 60 poems in the collection, most of them new. The title is about a woman who has become too old to look after herself.

“Her children want to put her into a home, but mother nature has another plan for her,” he said.

“I think that my recent work is becoming less satirical, less angry, and more resigned, more sympathetic to the human condition as I get older, I become less angry with and more sorry for those in power who have lost their sense of ubuntu.

“Also I feel myself more at peace and my deepest longing is that of stillness.”

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