Zimbabwean poet, novelist, essayist, and social commentator Chenjerai Hove is known for his stark political criticisms. As the founder of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association and former president of the Zimbabwe Writers Union, Hove’s criticisms – especially of the Mugabe government – forced him into exile in 2001. The winner of many literary awards, Hove’s works include the novels Bones and Shadows, and the poetry collections The Red Hills of Home and Blind Moon.
“You Will Forget” is a poem that considers the relation between past hardships and a present, comfortable life. What are we required to remember? What makes us forget? How do shared experiences of hardship connect communities or impede their creation?
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Originally published in Hove's 1985 collection, Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times
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