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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...

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 goat((Found Poem by Kofi Awoonor, from The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013.)) Kofi...

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...

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...

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...