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.
Foreword by Kwame Dawes // Preamble to Stray All the Merry Hills In the Name of the Tongue In the Name of the Father Holy Ghost Catechism Ota Benga Returns to the Congo // You Don't Want the Light to Find Out What You've Done Diallo We Must Return The Last Time I Saw Annamore Tsonga // Preamble to Fever The Cunning It Came to Pass A Town on the Frontier Feasts for the Blind Farther Inland Far Country My Dear Menshevik As a Moonflower Curious of the Night A Hunger The City // Preamble to In the Case Regarding My Brother Requiem: In the Case Regarding My Brother // Mugarandega In the Throat of the Heaven's Guide Acknowledgments Note