Cremation of the Scarecrow

Author:

Dzikamayi Chando

Title:

Cremation of the Scarecrow

Publisher:

Carnelian Heart

Nataka Books Reviews: 

Cremation of the Scarecrow

The engaging theme that comes through Dzikamayi Chando's poetry is his fearless exploration of any character, belief system and society. The human condition, the self, is at the heart of this stunning debut anthology.


From physics to archaeology, from music to history, Chando explores a variety of themes.  His motivation is perfectly summed up in the poem 'Child':

'No tailor can make the right measurements

The nakedness can only be covered

By those who pour out words from their souls.'


Chando's poetry is inviting, uncompromising and brings hope.         -- Nataka Books

Nataka Books Full Review: 

Cremation of the Scarecrow

The engaging theme that comes through Dzikamayi Chando's poetry is his fearless exploration of any character, belief system and society. The human condition, the self, is at the heart of this stunning debut anthology.


In 'Half Human/Half Nothing' the juxtaposition between extremes serves to convey the accepted norm, 'you doubt, you believe, you 're human.' As soon as the reader finds comfort in the themes being explored, a sudden deviation emerges to another theme. Chando seems to challenge at every turn, never settling on a single idea. The poem 'Entropy' encapsultes this. Whilst everything is captured in the entropy, order and disorder are side by side comfortably.


In 'The Music Stays', the condition of the worker is laid bare. Chando's range and ability to draw out narratives is matched by his insight into the regular as well as the minute as seen through rare events. 


From physics to archaeology, from music to history, Chando explores and delivers on them all as summed up in the poem 'Child':

'No tailor can make the right measurements

The nakedness can only be covered

By those who pour out words from their souls.'


Chando's poetry is inviting and severe but brings us face to face with ideas we might have missed, and gives them a new lease of life.


-- Nataka Books