Mugabe Must Go!: Poems by Tendai Frank Tagarira

by Joshua Barnes    /  June 11, 2011  / No comments


Tendai Frank Tagarira is a 27 year-old Zimbabwe-born author currently living in exile in Aarhus, Denmark. A staunch critic of president Robert Mugabe, Tagarira has written extensively on the turmoil and corruption in his home country.

His 2010 book Mugabe Must Go! is a concentrated political attack in the form of 87 succinct poems. Below are two pieces from that collection, Poem 23 and Poem 60.

Poem 23

You made us millionaires!
You made us billionaires!
You gave us 10,000,000%
Inflation
We were the sorriest,
Poorest
Of millionaires
And billionaires

Poem 60

I shall let it grow
Like many weeds
Protesting
With my hair
Till I succeed
To outlive the tyrant
Till I look down
In his dark grave
And sing a song
“So long Bob”
“So long”
Then I will shave,
To mark a new beginning.

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Joshua Barnes is a senior editorial assistant at Sampsonia Way. In 2010 he earned a bachelor’s degree in Fiction Writing and Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. During his undergraduate career, he was awarded with 2009′s Ossip Award in Critical Writing for Anna Kavan A Critical Study and was the Runner up for 2008′s Ossip Award for Below the Ground, Above the Earth: Visualizations on the Evolution of Alienation in Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground. Currently Josh is working on a variety of multi-media narratives, and is involved with several musical projects.

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