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and spoken word are my drug and love: An interview with Dikson
Phiri , Kubatana.net
June 25, 2013
us how your journey to meditative poetry began.
I’ve been writing and performing spoken word/slam poetry for
the last 6 or 7 years. I was in Nepal recently and its hard not
to get influenced or intrigued by the culture around you. I went
on a yoga retreat and did a meditation session there. Whilst trying
to empty my mind and focus, my immediate desire was to have that
emptiness filled with words. The words of the meditation leader
rang so clear and it led me to think up a spoken word event where
we could combine the 2 practices.
is your creative zone at right now? Zimbabwe, middle or outer space?
Less outer space these days, always under the skin of our strange
species and our hypocrisies.
artists have found Zimbabwe’s space restrictive and stifling
creatively. Have you found this to be your experience?
I think I could be more productive as a writer and can’t blame
that on any physical space. If anything Zimbabwe has a tranquillity
and beauty that inspires one to create. On the other hand it sometimes
feels like things move so slowly here that you can often find yourself
are your influences?
The usual and, on top of that, Hip Hop more than poets of old. I
am influenced a lot by how much we act like we know and how confident
we are to stick by things out of habit, our unwillingness to embrace
word a side project?
Never. It’s my drug and love without doubt.
are you reading?
Looking at too many screens right now· Brief History of Nearly
Everything (nearly, almost?) by Bill Bryson for the second time.
other creative genres attract your attention and have relevance
to your art?
Film and photography really appeal to me too and evoke a similar
passion but not the same.
best time of your life?
University life was unreservedly enjoyable.
regrets so far in your journey that you would like to replay and
For sure, and anyone who says otherwise is a suspect cat.
or one-night stands?
Love! Always. That’s like asking if I would prefer to watch
my favourite artist performing or to read the ingredients on a packet
a specific social/political issue that gets you going and encourages
you to create?
Borders, immigration, the carving up of a natural and open world
Beer? Water, if you can find it?
More water right now but beer has been a long-time friend of mine.
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