A look into a Logophile by Stéphan Weilbach
I want to start with the words Gwen Mlondobozi left me with. “Words, they move me deeply but they fail me often, and words I love. Before being a poet, writer or any other title I see myself as a lover of words, they seep through my life, they have character, they go with me and are my detached friends.”
There is no pinpoint towards the beginning, start or kindling. Rather a deep love that grew over a long time. Part of this time was in school where she grew to love the English language and because of extracurricular activities, which she participated in, and well-articulated words in all sorts of media surrounding her, she discovered words.
During her school years, she wrote of her first pieces and also of her favorite. It started as a written word that she then transformed into a poem. I’d say you should give it a read. It can be found on her blog: A Journey of Greatness : I am a Vessel . Her blog focuses more on social relevance than mere expression. This can be seen in the applicability of the work she posts, and when she posts them, in her surroundings at that time.
As a poet and lover of words, she feels that one has to look at the crowd and what the purpose of the piece is. There is an art to deciding where to say what and how to say it.
Her relationship towards other writers is very limited she says. She would like to engage more in this communal society, she understands that as a group they will achieve greater heights. She says she has started this by going to poetry sessions with some of her fellow logophiles. Though as an introvert she is content with herself.
She has a very rigid critique on her own work and there for it takes time for her take pride and satisfaction in it. She then also loves listening to other works “even the offensive ones” she says, “boundaries pushed being pushed, makes me tick”.
She believes that poetry cannot be tainted by other forms or mediums, because of the art factor, in which there are no lines or rules to stay in. She says that this was one of the ways she discovered her love for words, by watching a film. The declaration of independence was brought to her attention and she started investigating, this all from hearing one line in something very different from poetry.
Her investigation of well-articulated words led her into the touchier side which is history and specifically in the conflict of races. She says that Steve Biko’s works are only one example that she loves. And that both sides of this conflict has works that are excellent, no matter the viewpoint taken. It is noted that even if a piece of artwork was aimed at being discriminating or demeaning towards her as an individual or as a group, she would like to have the ability to try and understand and be open minded to see what that person is trying to bring across. She says that she knows the ideal would be that everyone would understand one another though we do not live in that. And that right now it would be boring to her, seen as there would be nothing to learn from other people. She finds it very interesting and informative to see both sides. She says that you can clearly see where people write from, they do it from their heart, having a lot of emotion, and their view which is not always correct or truthful is however they perceive it to be.
The significance of poetry and art in general she feels is giving something a face or story, to evoke emotion, feeling and to make it tangible to the beholder, so that they can get a different view or image of something that is new or that they have known for years. Though it cannot explain the complexities of mankind and will definitely neglect something else while highlighting a certain aspect. Nothing is big enough to explain these complexities. Though all the small parts add to the masterpiece.