By Jeoffrey Mukubi
POETRY happens when the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm.
This happens through words, dance or even film.
In Namibia, poetry is growing through the few platforms given to poets, such as the monthly Spoken Word Namibia night at the Warehouse Theatre and the annual Poetry Evening at the Franco-Namibia Cultural Centre.
Confidente sat down with veteran poet, Ryno Platt, more famously known as Playshis the Poet, this past week, to talk about poetry in Namibia, particularly the importance of poetry.
“Well, for myself, and many others, poetry is a means of expression, it’s a way of letting out everything that normally builds up inside,” he says.
“Apart from it being a tool to deal with personal issues, it is also a tool to address issues in our communities, and issues affecting our nation.”
Playshis says that poetry is not always a serious thing, and that performance poetry can provide excellent entertainment, when done at a high quality level.
Spoken Word Namibia shows address real issues of importance.
The Spoken Word representative says, “Not only does Spoken Word Namibia try to break through the ignorance and to spread light on what needs to be put in the open, it also creates a discussion on a wide variety of issues, such as feminism, rascim, love, culture and gender, just to mention a few.”
Asked if poets get the credit they deserve he says, “No, we bring the rawest discussions to the table, but it will always be the mainstream characters that will get the most recognition.
“People want to ignore issues and just dance their troubles away, so the poets will probably never get the credit they deserve, but that doesn’t deter us; we will keep speaking for the people and we will keep addressing what needs to be addressed.”
The enthusiastic poet reiterated that Namibia’s population is too small for poets to be making a living out of poetry, so they need to love the art, to continue doing it.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015