Writer, columnist and creative writing lecturer Wesley Macheso has published a book – a collection of 50 poems titled A Masquerade of Spirits.
University of Malawi– Chancellor College in Zomba where Macheso works, has since congratulated their lecturer for publishing the book.
Macheso said Tuesday that he was planning to launch the book published by Montfort Media on December 18 2020 at Chancellor College.
The book–A Masquerade of Spirits–brings together poems written in remembrance and celebration of Africa, not only as a post-colonial space, but also as a cultural artefact shaping identities and imaginations of those who live on the continent and beyond.
Macheso, who is completing his PhD studies in literature at Stellenbosch University, said the collection traces Africa’s troubled history of colonialism, the scars of conquest that still manifest in the psyche of Africans, to the continent’s transformation in this millennium.
“From mask dancers in the remotest villages to African girls waiting tables in Europe, from ancient paintings on rocks to men enjoying meals in Chinese bistros, from gods to God, to spirits–the lucidity of thought, the timelessness of the themes, and the genius in the craft of words, will take you on an eternal journey into a continent that is just becoming,” the writer said.
The columnist of The Write Stuff in The Daily Times, said he was looking forward to the launch of the book.
Professor Syned Mthatiwa of English Department at Chancellor College says of the book that Macheso shows displeasure with the irresponsibility of those in power, who get away with immoral and criminal behaviour, as the power they wield renders them untouchable.
“We see this in the title poem where an individual, who is the subject of the poem, is beyond censure or reproach, in spite of his wickedness, hiding behind a mask that can assume a range of symbolic guises in an unjust society,” Mthatiwa said.
This is Macheso’s second book. His first was Akuzike and the Gods which won him the Peer Gynt Award in 2015.
Macheso was recently shortlisted for the Morland Writing Scholarships 2020.