Windhoek – Poet Keamogetsi Joseph Molapong has published an anthology titled
Naming the Tomb, released to coincide with Namibia’s Heroes Day commemorations.
The country marks Heroes Day on August 26 of every year, a date also recognised by the United Nations as Namibia Day.
Molapong, through his Township Productions, compiled and edited Naming the Tomb, which is the second edition in a series. It was released online with hard copies due to be published in due course.
The treasure trove of poetry features some of Namibia’s finest wordsmiths: Kuhepa Tjondu, Lorenzo Beukes, Humavindu Ngurimunje and Ella Kamati, amongst others, all penned verses for the anthology.
Speaking to The Southern Times Arts, Molapong said: “The title of the anthology appears self-explanatory, but not quite easy to digest. Many of the participating poets wanted to know what I meant by ‘Naming the Tomb’. I meant just that, I wanted us to discuss through poetic verse, the many ills in our society that are not necessarily talked about.
“Phrases like ‘under the carpet’ and “the writing on the wall’ are loosely used but nobody has really lifted the carpets to see and take stock of what is hidden beneath and name it.
“The anthology is aimed at naming these hidden yet open secrets and to write on the walls and project what we have written.”
Molapong, who has been writing poetry since 1990, hopes Naming the Tomb and other literature from his stable will make a lasting impression on the reading culture in the country and beyond.
“Township Productions will publish two anthologies a year and hopefully impact the literary world of Namibia and the greater global village,” he said.
The first in the series containing Naming the Tomb is Walking from the Self, which was also published online.The next installment in the series is expected to be launched on March 21 next year, timed to coincide with Namibia’s Independence Day and World Poetry Day.