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Poet Muse: Gladys May Casely-Hayford

(educator, writer, 1904-1950)   My lips were buds of innocence until you     came one day And drew a fountain from my heart and     careless went your way[1] Born in Axim, Ghana, Gladys May Casely-Hayford was the daughter of [...]

November 11, 2016 current issue, poet muses

poet muse: Kofi Awoonor (1935 – 2013)

(poet, author, educator, critic, ambassador, 1935 – 2013) Let me lead you into the country It is only as half clansman of the ritual goat1)Found Poem by Kofi Awoonor, from The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013. Kofi [...]

July 8, 2016 current issue, poet muses

poet muse: Dennis Brutus (1924 – 2009)

(activist, educator, journalist and poet 1924 – 2009) “A troubadour, I traverse all my land exploring all her wide-flung parts with zest probing in motion sweeter far than rest …” Born in Zimbabwe in 1924, Brutus grew up in Port [...]

March 24, 2015 current issue, poet muses
poet muse: Matsemela Manaka (1957 – 1999)

poet muse: Matsemela Manaka (1957 – 1999)

poet, writer, director, actor, artist, cultural theorist. “We believe in positive art, theatre of purpose, communal theatre, theatre of survival and liberation” The 1976 Soweto uprising gave impetus to Matsemela Manaka’s career in theatre and the arts. He started out [...]

September 26, 2014 current issue, poet muses
poet muse: RIP Mafika Gwala (1946 – 2014)

poet muse: RIP Mafika Gwala (1946 – 2014)

The sad news of the passing our literary icon, Mafika Gwala, has been slowly sinking in and rippling through the literary world. He passed away on Friday night. We believe it was peacefully in his sleep. Undoubtedly, this is a sad [...]

September 8, 2014 poet muses
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

(poet, writer, dancer, singer, teacher, producer, playwright, activist 1928 – 2014) Born Marguerite Annie Johnson, Maya Angelou was a multidimensional human. A multitalented woman and a gift to us all. She lived a life so full, so true to herself, [...]

July 18, 2014 current issue, poet muses

Mbulelo Mzamane: poet, academic, author (1948 – 2014)

Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane spent much of his literary career as an educator and academic having lectured in English literature since 1976. Seen by others as not a serious writer, Mzamane always considered himself a teacher first. His debut book was [...]

March 4, 2014 current issue, poet muses
Lesego Motsepe at Comrades on the MIC 15 June 2013

Rest in Peace Lesego Motsepe (28 April 1974 – 20 Jan 2014)

I last saw Lesego Motsepe performing poetry and singing at Constitution Hill’s  One Love One Heritage event on Heritage Day, 24 September 2013. And true to form, she was in great spirits, with a great big mile and just genuine [...]

January 20, 2014 poet muses

poet muse: Amiri Baraka, Rest in Peace

Amiri Baraka has become a #PoetMuse… The elder passed away today at the age of 79. He had been receiving care in the intensive unit at Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. A poet, playwright, critic, activist, a resoundingly [...]

January 10, 2014 poet muses

poet muses: BW Vilakazi poet (1906 – 1947)

Ezinkomponi ngoba ngimamatheka njalo ngikhombisa nokwenama, ngihlabelela nemphimbo, nom’ ungifik’ emgodini ngaphansi kwezinganeko zamatsh’ aluhlaz’ omhlaba sewuthi nginjengnsika Yon’ engezwa nabuhlungu Born in the same year of the Bambatha revolt against poll-taxes, BW’s full name was Bambatha Wallet Vilakazi, until [...]

December 21, 2013 current issue, poet muses