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Bernard Farai Matambo

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 03/2018
Pages: 96
Subject: Poetry
eBook ISBN: 9781496207791


Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Zimbabwean writer Bernard Farai Matambo's poems in Stray favor a prose-shaped line as they uncover the contradictory impulses in search of emotional and intellectual truth. Stray not only captures the essence of identity but also eloquently articulates the pain of displacement and speaks to the vulnerability of Africans who have left their native continent. This collection delicately examines the theme of migration—migration in a literal, geographic sense; migration of language from one lexicon to another; migration of a poem toward prose—and the instability of the creative experience in the broader sense.  


Bernard Farai Matambo is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oberlin College. His prose and poetry have appeared in several publications, including Copper Nickel, New Orleans Review, Ohioana Quarterly, Pleiades, and Plume.