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Poet Muse: Dr Gabriel Okara (1921-2019)

(poet, novelist) I strain my tired voice in song to reach up to the star by the moon a song I vowed never more to sing; But from sundown to sunrise I seek a union continually which breaks my vow...

Poet Muse: Candy Royalle (poet, activist, storyteller, educator, 1981-2018)

(poet, activist, storyteller, educator, 1981-2018) “I’ve always existed somewhere in-between. Between cultures and colours, genders and sexuality. Between spiritual and atheist, creator and imitator. Belonging has always been a theoretical idea for me, not a sensation rooted firmly in any...

Poet Muse: Ntozake Shange (1948-2018)

(poet, playwright, novelist) “i found god in myself and i loved her i loved her fiercely” ― Ntozake Shange   Poet, playwright, novelist and activist Ntozake Shange passed away on 27 October 2018. Shange was 70 years old at the time of...

Poet Muse: Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile (1938-2018, poet laureate, activist, educator)

Our National poet laureate Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile passed away on the 3rd of January 2018 at the age of 79. Bra Willie, as he was affectionately known, was a world-renowned poet, and political activist. He made an immense contribution to...

Poet Muse: Wopko Jensma

(poet, artist. 1939) i am a dirty little room with spiders in the corner of my skull my mouth a dark pit into which human droppings disappear the speck of rust in my heart worries me many people breathe in...