Latest book reviews›› The Opposite of Everything by David KalishPower’s Out: Book Two: Troubled Times Series by Rachel Meehan13:24 A Story of Faith and Obsession by M Dolon HickmonBasement, a collection of short stories and poems by David PodlipnyThe Boy That Never Was by Karen PerryHow the Kudu got his Spiral Horns by HL FourieMurdered by James SchannepEntry Island by Peter MayBestiary for Business by Erica SchelbyGod’s Spy by Juan Gómez-JuradoThe Hobbit: Illustrated Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien (Author) , Jemima Catlin (Illustrator)Katie Did Learn the Five Senses B. Kirbo (Author), Dereck Van Wickel (Illustrator)The Invisible Hand by David GreenDimly, Through Glass by Dirk KnightThe In Between by Jeff GoinsTrash by Andy MulliganOn Chesil Beach by Ian McEwanA Patchwork Planet by Anne TylerWisdomkeepers by Steve Wall and Harvey ArdenAsh: Return of the Beast by Gary Val TenutaNot Without You by Harriet EvansSeaBEAN by Sarah HoldingMono No Aware by Angel ArandaDon’t Let Me Die In A 400 Square-Foot Studio by Amy WolfWater’s Edge (Troubled Times) by Rachel MeehanEarly One Morning by Robert RyanThe Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary SutcliffEscaping the hell of Acid reflux by Chris LoukarosHow to be Selfish by Olga LevancukaDodged by Jason HummMidnight in Havana by Peggy BlairThe Singing Tree by Peter MossAlfie’s Guardian Angel by Vania Von VanistanOstrich by Matt GreeneDark Orchid by Michael J. ShanksMushy Maggie by Inola Clemmons WrightThe Missionary Position by Christopher HitchensPitt Doesn’t Eat by Ortal BerelmanThe Fall of the Angel Nathalie by Jamie BrindleThe Jade Pendant by L.P. LeungA Skeptics Luck by A D MorelBeem Explores Africa by Simidele DosekunA Place in the World by Cinda Crabbe MackinnonNew Stars for Old (Stories from the History of Astronomy) by Marc ReadEasy Prey (A Nathan Hawk Mystery) by Douglas WatkinsonChildren of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar DelijaniNative Gold by Glynnis CampbellA Time of Myths by Chris BlamiresSeating Arrangements by Maggie ShipsteadTito Johnson’s Diary by W.B. EmersonVanguard of Hope by Kathy SteinemannAfter Flodden by Rosemary GoringOrphans Gold by David LoeffThe Teachers Pet by L.K. HunsakerDivorce Blues Recovery by Don LoveGranpa Guff the Accidental Astronaut by G. GuffWoman of Substance by Annette BowerChasing Dolphins by September Lynn GrayThe Psychic by Margaret FelicesSiberian Hellhole by Michael MulvihillLooking Back with a Smile by Edward FarberHiring Geeks that Fit by Johanna RothmanMoving On, a Prairie Romance by Annette BowerThe Book o’Samson (Cash Chronicles Book 1) by James L. MonticoneMogadishu Diaries: Insider Threat by Eddie ThompkinsRewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness by Marsha LucasHamilton Troll meets Pink Light Sprite by Kathleen J. SheildsDead Reckoning by K.A. PerkinsWriter’s Block Trilogy: The Possession by A.K. KuykendallTwelve Lessons by Kate SpencerUniversal Soul Reflections by Peter MutandaHow the Cockroach, after having died, Entered the Gates of Heaven by V. CampudoniThe Animal Bunch, Learn Colors by Aleli SilviaThe Inner road to Wisdom and Healing by Carol DeansPig Island by Mo HayderWake up and hear the Thunder by Eileen CampbellThe Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem AslamJumping off the Page by Marty WeilDestination: Teach For America by Jake WhitmanEli Arnold and the Keys to Forever by John CarterDon’t Let Me Die in a Motel 6 by Amy WolfA Cold day for Murder by Dana StabenowAnother Unknown Soldier by A.M. SmithNeed to Breathe by Tara StaleyThe Dark Winter by David MarkThe Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette MahurinThe Scribe Remembered by Dr. K SaradamoniOnly the Dead will Know Peace by Jim MainA Restless Evil by Ann GrangerLife with Cancer by frank Terrazzano and Paul LonardoConnections to the Journey of Mankind by Edward L.WalshFlying to the Light by Elyse SalpeterReckless Rudy and the Green Vase by R.M. SmithStrangely Sober by Essa AlrocWhat we did on our Holiday by John HardingWake Up by Benjamin CardRoyal Flush by Scott BartlettDown at the Golden Coin by Kim StricklandWhistling for the Elephants by Sandi ToksvigInfected by James SchannepQuantum Healing by Deepack ChopraThe Mogadishu Diaries by Eddie ThompkinsThe Middle Passage by Julia GoldingA Very Bad Bad thing by John C. YiannoudisThe Dying Embers of an Alter Place by Marshall ParrentA Singular Hostage by Thalassa AliWhite Teeth by Zadie SmithJayden’s Revenge by Dirk KnightBridget Rowan’s Reality by Bridget RowanThat Day in September by Artie Van WhyHostile Witness by Rebecca Foster52 Pickup by Elmore LeonardHuman Croquet by Kate AtkinsonMarvin Piersoll by Bernard MendilloThe Rainbow Stick boy by Michael SantoliniScotland Zen and the Art of Social Work by J.A.SkinnerRoom by Emma DonoghueThe King of Pain by Seth KaufmanLife on the Other Side by Sylvia BrownePsychonavigation by John PerkinsFull Circle by Michael ‘Hawk’ SpisakThe Unbelievable truth by Gordon SmithThe Audacity of Hope by Barak ObamaNotes on a Scandal by Zoë HellerThe Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari StrachanThe Clothes on Their Backs by Linda GrantAlice Bliss by Laura HarringtonThe Colour of Law by Mark GiminezThe Sex Life of my Aunt by Mavis CheekThe Keeper of the Bride by Tess GerritsenCane River by Lalita TademyIshmael by Daniel QuinnA Price for Everything by Mary SheepshanksThe Bookseller of Kabul by Asne SeierstadRandom Acts of Heroic Love By Danny ScheinmannA Lesser Dependancy by Peter BensonWe Know by Gregg HurwitzSeventy Two Virgins by Boris JohnsonBlue Monday by Nicci FrenchThe Horse at the Gates by D.C.AldenViolet Jelly by Ann SharplesThe Rain Before it Falls by Jonathan CoeOne Door Away from Heaven by Dean KoontzToast by Nigel SlaterDark Paradise by Tami HoagPassing Places by Amanda MacandrewThe Underside of Joy by Sere Prince HalversonA Necessary End by Peter RobinsonYou Got Nothing Coming by Jimmy LernerThe Brutal Art by Jesse KellermanLove in the Present Tense by Cathrine Ryan HydeOne Good Turn by Kate AtkinsonDancing In a Distant Place by Isla DewarThe Best a Man Can Get – by John O’FarrellThe Choice by Bernadette BohanThe Slap by Christos TsiolkasHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonThe Tent by Michael Boxall
Universal Soul Reflections by Peter Mutanda
Follow Published at Smashwords
Published 2012
Poetry

Universal Soul Reflections by Peter Mutanda

Site Score
5.7
User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
Click to vote
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (1 vote cast)

 Book Description

‘Universal Soul Reflections’ is a collection of 5 previously published works: ‘A Nonentity With Identity’, ‘Epistles of Poetic Purity’, ‘Missives From Within’, ‘Silent Voice’ and ‘Verses For The Next Generation’ and also includes 6 previously unpublished poems. Challenging, thought-provoking and moving, these poems were inspired by the author’s day to day life experiences, from his humble beginnings in Zimbabwe to living in the USA and Europe. They raise awareness of maladies ravaging the lives of the poor and the corruption committed by elitist members of the ‘big society’, question racial bigotry and explore the current global political and social turbulence. (from Amazon)

Book Review

I was asked by the writer to review this book and after some initial hesitation, I have now read all of the poems, over one hundred of them, and I am delighted and impressed with the quality of the writing and the diversity of the subject matter. I was reminded at times of the protest songs of the sixties, the poetry put to music of my young generation, but this book is far more sophisticated and compelling. I am pleased that I took the time to read them. The writing is very good and there are some real gems of use of language, for example, in ‘The Widow’ in which the emotion is heartbreaking he says;
‘now a sole traveller in bereavement journey’
This conjures up bleakness in a few well chosen words.
All the social injustices are included, and some poems speak of Prejudice, Racism, Religious freedom, Politics and more. One of my favourites is ‘Always Hoping’ which stayed with me for a while because of the imagery of homelessness was so real.
There is a very comprehensive glossary which I always appreciate, as not all writers take the time to do this properly.
All told, this is an amazing collection but I feel that one poem needs singled out for special mention, it is;
‘Issues of Today (Silence is not always Golden). The thoughts in this poem are things we have heard before and know to be true, but the ideas are put in different ways which make you more aware that to do or say nothing about injustice is always wrong. Hope this poet keeps on writing.

Interview with the Writer Peter Mutanda

Q. When did you start writing and what made you start?

A. As a child in Africa I grew up listening to folktales told by our elders, so as soon as I started learning to write in my early primary school days, I developed an interest in creative writing and performing in the school amateur drama club.

Q. Are there any writers that have influenced you?

A. I studied African and World literature at school, so I got to know African writers such as Ngugi waThiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Dambudzo Marechera, Bessie Head and so on. I also learned about Shakespeare’s writings so I can say many writers had an influence

Q. Has your work been rejected by any publishers?

A. I have never approached traditional publishers as I have always been interested in indie-publishing. Even before Amazon and other online publishers appeared, I self-published a poetry book in 2000 in South Africa called ‘Tears of Heart’.

Q. How do you discipline yourself to write and what support do you have?

A.I normally write in the early morning, and I only write when I’m in the right, creative, form of mind. I like the place I live to be like a gallery – I get inspired by looking at art, and dipping into other books. I am always collecting ‘seeds’ from the people around me – little mannerisms or reactions to things that I can develop in my writing.

Q. How do you write, paper and pen, pencil, straight to computer, tape recorder etc.?

A.I start with paper and pen, and am constantly scribbling and collecting notes. Then I sit at the computer and form the notes into a poem, script or manuscript.

Q. Are there issues in your private life that have an influence on your writing?

A. Yes. If I’m emotionally troubled or, conversely, very happy, I am often inspired to write and it is a form of therapy, although if it is extreme, the emotion can block my writing. It’s a bit of a see-saw really. My environment also influences both my emotional balance and my writing: new faces, places and experiences inspire me.

Q. How important do you rate punctuation?

A. It’s very important, and shows how professional you are as a writer. Obviously punctuation in a poem has a different role than in an academic text, for example, and has a large impact on how the reader experiences a poem: its flow, pace, meaning etc. It can be quite difficult at times, though, to differentiate between African, UK and US English!

Q. How do you feel having published, are you ready for more?

A. Absolutely. Having published Universal Soul Reflections, an anthology of five previously published poetry works, I have also published the first two books in the African Folktales for Children Series with my partner (‘Rabbit and Elephant’s Tug of War’ & ‘The Meerkats Come to Dinner’), and we are planning many more of them. I’m also working on academic texts about development in Africa and post-colonial Zimbabwean performing arts, as well as a number of plays and film scripts.

Q. Have you any tips for budding writers?

A. To like what you are writing about, and don’t rush to publication – get it right first. Also do not be embarrassed to ask others for feedback – and be sure to listen to it.

Q. How important are your marketing methods?

A. Extremely. Especially the social networks such as Twitter, and websites such as Goodreads. There are a lot of books and authors out there, how would anyone even find my books if I don’t tell them about them? But saying that, there is no better time for indie-publishers than now, with the rise in social networks. When I self-published in 2000, my only avenue for sales was alongside performances of the theatre group I ran (MUKA Project); now there are many ways and opportunities to get your work out there and in front of readers.

Q. Can you see any of your work being made into a film or television series?

A.I have written a film script about post-colonial Zimbabwe, which I want to turn into a film.

Q. What do you think of the big publishing houses who don’t give new writers a chance?

A.I think the publishing industry has been revolutionised recently, and will evolve further. I think the big publishing houses are missing out on the cream of raw material by not considering new writers, and now that most new writers realise they can also be publishers, this can only spell more change in the publishing industry.

Q. Do you think the day of the publishing business is coming to an end, and self publishing becoming more popular?

A. Yes. I can only see the self-publishing industry growing further. This is only the beginning.

Q. Tell us a little about your next work I should read.

A. The working title of my development book is ‘Africa Has a Future’. It has been written for university students, but in such a way that the average person in the villages can understand the problems Africa is facing. It’s about the challenges that are being faced by Africa in modern times, eg: breaking into global markets, land grabbing and the lack of democracy. I am hoping to publish it in 2013.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 8.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Universal Soul Reflections by Peter Mutanda, 8.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

No Comments

Leave a Reply

Rate This Item

CommentLuv badge