Gumiguru is the tenth month of the Shona calendar—a month of dryness and heat before the first rains fall and rejuvenate the land. Togara Muzanenhamo’s second collection is a cycle of poems distilling the experiences of a decade into one calendar year, framed through the natural and agricultural landscapes of Zimbabwe. The book stands as both an elegy for the poet’s father and a hymn to the veldt, the farms, the villages, and the men and women whose lives are interwoven with the land and the changing seasons.
Carcanet Press Ltd., 9781847772572, 96pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
About the Author
Togara Muzanenhamo was brought up in Zimbabwe and then went on to study in The Hague and Paris. He became a journalist in Harare and worked for a film script production company. His work has appeared in magazines in Europe, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, and was included in Carcanet’s anthology New Poetries in 2002. He is the author of the poetry collection Spirit Brides.