Jack Mapanje

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If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
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Jack Mapanje (born 1944) is a Malawian writer and poet.


The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison (1993)

  • The crime is how we deliberately keep out of touch,
    Pretending it has nothing to do with us...

    How familiar the metaphors, we think, suspecting our
    House servants of having killed & eaten our pet cats!

    At the University, expatriate lecturers gesticulate,
    Finger the leaves of Marx to a batch of yawning students,
    Nervously trying to define something or other...

    Colonies of storks in flamboyant trees look down on
    The valley dust and the last of the sweet bananas.
    • "When the Shire Valley Dries Up Patiently"

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