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Naledi Raba – poetry of self-determination

I meet Naledi in her hotel room, it is the morning after she won that national Lover + Another Poetry Challenge hosted by Drama For Life at the Hillbrow Theatre. “It is Naledi Raba, right?” I ask checking that I’m...

Raven, spoken word artist: I speak and I see

When I meet Raven at the poet’s hotel, in Durban, he’s in South Africa along with three other Irish poets - Paul Casey, Billy Ramsell and Afric McGlinchley - to perform at the 17th annual Poetry Africa. I didn’t know...

poet profile: Bernabe Laye

Écrire Une dreniére fois L’état de la blessure Lambeaux de honte et d’opprobre To write For a last time The bursting of the wound Shreds of shame and of opprobrium from Requiem for Murdered Country There’s a Rumi quote that...

poet profile: Tereska Muishond

In a sea of poets who are slamming hard to carve out a space for themselves in the Hall of Fame, Tereska Muishond stands out for being a woman of no pretensions. Her honest, gentle vibrant voice makes her stand...

poet profile: Mphutlane wa Bofelo

Mphutlane wa Bofelo is thankfully not one of those poets for whom poetry is a trend, a phase or a branding opportunity. Truly dedicated to the craft, Bofelo has been writing poetry for years. Many respect him. A Black Conscious Sufi,...