24th May 2021
Rufus writes about what is said, what cannot be said, & what must never be disclosed. Love & language & their power to heal lie at the heart of this exquisite exploration which shows what is possible when a poet writes with courage & with love.
Raw. Mesmerisingly moving. This clever cross-art collection grabs you & keeps you present.
Poetry deeply rooted in time & place & the journey through memory & motherhood.
We are invited to resurrect our "wild-woman-magik" & learn "new vocabulary, collectively".
FLASHBACKS & FLOWERS
Rufus Mufasa (Indigo Dreams)
Our writer [pictured, top] believes in magic, and after reading, you will too. This is a poetry collection with a beating heart – and no, not through the overuse of trite romanticism. Raw emotion is the palpable push of the meter, discernible in the tight control of her villanelles, evident in the poet’s fierce love for her subject matter: home, hearth and heritage.
Confessional in style, Rufus Mufasa’s verse reveals her internal thoughts and feelings but she also manages to substantially shroud herself in her own personal mythology. This fascinating balance allows us to be mystified by our narrator, whilst also feeling as though we know her intimately.
Steadily reflecting on her childhood is a consistent theme that she refrains from over-treading. Using occult imagery to conjure the ghosts of the dead from memory, Mufasa constructs an overarching thematic narrative of ancestry and faith. She explores the idea that we can take power from our heritage – in both the positive and negative ways it shapes us – to have faith in ourselves.
Flashbacks & Flowers is an empowering ode to the self and an essential literary collection for an anxious generation. A celebration of survival, motherhood and self-creation, it establishes Rufus Mufasa as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary Welsh poetry.