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poet profile: 21 Poets and a Poem

“If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.” ~Proverb The performance poetry has been going strong for years now. Well, for a while it seemed to lose it’s steam but these last two years, it...

poet profile: Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali

“Honest writers write what they see, experience, live.” Forty one years ago, Songs of the Cowhide Drum was published. This book, a humble collection of poetry, would become the key that would open doors for the writer, Oswald Mtshali. Liberal...

Q&A: Kwame Dawes

“I have decided to stay focused on being present and writing for the present moment as fiercely and beautifully as I can.” Kwame Dawes states towards the end of an essay about timeless poetry¹. A statement that clearly defines of...

poet(s) profile: likwid tongue! HAAAA!

In the early 2000s, open mic sessions were a dime and dozen. Poets came out of the woodwork; no doubt, inspired by the likes of PERM (Tumi ‘of the Volume’, Zee Cube, Samantha and others). From the more grown up...

q&a: Wesley Pepper, artist

what drew you to the literature world? I wasn’t drawn to the literature, the literature world found me. It started in 2004 when I attended the ’10 years of Democracy celebrations’ in Newtown. At one of the sessions, a poet...