ANCESTORS AND OTHER VISITORS
University of Namibia Press 2018
Pursued through poetic pastures of faith, love and time by an Omuhimba muse who alternately challenges and enchants him, Don Stevenson presents Ancestors and Other Visitors, a poetry anthology that is as sweepingly existential as it is personal and as sagely simple as it is complex. An immigrant, artist and spoken wordsmith observing the world through a traveller’s soul, Stevenson journeys through time and literary style to pay homage to influences such as e.e. cummings, W. B. Yeats and Robert Hayden in a wonderfully intimate selection of poems. Set primarily in Windhoek, Namibia, Stevenson’s home of 37 years, Ancestors is at once a musing on self, surroundings and the local artists who inflame his imagination
—Martha Mukaiwa, freelance journalist
Windhoek, 25 March 2017
The anthology presents both poems and original sketches organised into five themes: Of Love & Life, Ancestors & Other Visitors, Faith, Death & Other Illusions, and A Poet’s Work. The poems are personal, rooted in Namibia as well as directed to a wider audience. They are enchanting, thought-provoking and enlightening.
Don Stevenson is a poet, artist, illustrator, graphic designer, copy editor and sometime actor. He has been an active supporter of Spoken Word Namibia since July 2012, as a performer and more recently, as a committee member. He previously lectured at the University of Namibia for 19 years.