The Dead Must Be Sobbing by Ndaba Sibanda

NdabaSibandaCoverAbout the Book

Set in Zimbabwe and South Africa, ‘The Dead Must Be Sobbing’ is a culmination of no holds barred poems spanning over a period of five years. It consists of eighty-two diverse and action-packed poems spiced with humor and intrigue. Some of the featured poems include ‘Dawn’, and the much-loved ‘The Magwinya Woman’, dubbed the “People’s Poem” by Frank Platt, a literary critic. Of “12 Days”, poet Andrea Dietrich said, “Unique and sweet and fun, all rolled into one!” Poet Carol Sunshine Brown had this to say about ‘Dawn,’ “Excellent poetry you have shared with us, Ndaba. I have enjoyed reading it this morning. I will be back on Monday to read more.”

About the Author

Ndaba Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born writer. He hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe`s second largest city. His work is a bold expression of the struggles of the ordinary citizens of Bulawayo and the entire country. He delves into both the universal and specific conditions that the people of Zimbabwe find themselves in. In this book, he also touches on many crucial issues including the recent senseless Newtown mass shootings in the US and the Japanese disaster in a touching fashion.

What inspired the poet to pen this particular anthology is the need to add to the voices of reason and decency in an effective and positive manner in the wake of the Gukurahundi atrocities and the era`s subsequent insidious prejudices and hegemony dogging the victims, and acts of suppression, impunity, violence and high-level corruption eating into the fibre of society. The writer firmly believes that writing is not only an inspirational tool for positive change, but can also serve as a society`s thermostat and thermometer. A former National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominee, Sibanda has worn many different caps, including being a Writers Get Together (WGT) chairperson, a conference producer and researcher and a personnel consultant.

In 2005, his nationally acclaimed book, ‘Love O’Clock’ was published. In 2006, he edited a poetry anthology, ‘IT`S TIME’. 2010 saw him contribute to an international edition, ‘Poems for Haiti, A South African Anthology’. In 2012 he contributed to two international poetry anthologies, ‘Snippets’ and ‘Voices For Peace’. His poems, essays and short stories have been published in Africa and the US.

Having been writing since primary school level, his favourite quote is, “Writing is my life and my second wife”.  Sibanda lives in Saudi Arabia.

His poems are receiving rave reviews on many sites including this one: