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Issue 5 | Possibilities

Dambudzo Marechera Special Issue

To many Zimbabwean poets, Dambudzo Marechera needs no introduction. Born in Vengere township, Rusape, in 1952, he became an international literary celebrity after the success of his book The House of Hunger (1978), written after his expulsion from the University of Oxford in 1976.

For this issue, we invited Zimbabwean poets to submit their poems in English, Shona, and Ndebele, on the theme of ‘possibilities,’ as inspired by Marechera’s work…


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A Home for Zimbabwean Poets

The Ipikai Poetry Journal is an initiative of the Zimbabwe Poets Society. We are constantly looking for ways to support Zimbabwean poets wherever they are in the world.

Our first project is this journal. The best way you can support the poets who publish their work here is to share this widely. Tell your friends and family. Tell your neighbors and workmates. Zimbabwean poetry is alive.

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The Zimbabwe Poets Society aims to build a strong community of poets and to foster relationships with other poetry initiatives around the world.


We will work to help poets grow; both as artists and as individuals. We will work to see the reach and influence of poetry expand.


One of our core goals is to make poetry more visible. We would like to see poetry in more spaces, on more lips, on more pages, on more airwaves.

You’re Invited

We’d love to have you join us on this journey. If you would like to support Ipikai Poetry Journal or the Zimbabwe Poets Society in any way, do get in touch.