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poet muses: Ingrid Jonker, poet (1933 – 1965)

Described as a “sensitive child with a keen self-awareness and gifted beyond her years“, Ingrid Jonker started writing at a very young age. Na die Somer (After the Summer) is believed to be the first compilation of her poems when...

poet muses: Isabella Motadinyane, poet (1963 – 2003)

[caption id="attachment_4092" align="alignright" width="220"] source: © Poetry International Web[/caption] “isabella motadinyane was a born genius she went as far as grade 5 at school... highly spiritual person chosen by her ancestors to serve them as a sangoma to be... if...

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poet muses: Nontsizi Mgqwetho

Imbongikazi ya kwa Chizama Nontsizi Mqwetho, imbongikazi ya kwa Chizama, exploded onto the scene in 1920 when her poems were published in the Xhosa-language newspaper Umteteli wa Bantu. The poems, written in isiXhosa, were “swaggering, urgent, confrontational woman’s poetry”. Her...

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poet muses: HIE Dhlomo

The New African Herbert Isaac Ernest Dhlomo (1903 - 1956) is one of Afrika’s greatest intellectuals. A poet, essayist, journalist, librarian, short story writer and playwright, Dhlomo received his education at what is now known as Adams college in KwaZulu....