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POETRY SEEN: 23rd Poetry Africa (7–12 October 2019)

Participating poets for the annual Poetry Africa Festival, hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), which takes place in Durban from 7 to 12 October 2019, have been announced. Celebrating its 23rd edition, the festival features...

Whose Laureate is it anyway?

The announcement of Prof Mongane Wally Serote as South Africa’s 3rd Poet Laureate has drawn a weird mixture of both praise and ire from poets and some in the literary world. To say the decision to have Ntate Serote as...

Editorial: This way we salute you

And then, you walked out of your body. And for a moment we drifted, aimlessly Tears bashing against the hull of this new day Whose sky will we fly in now? Who will pray for us now? And then the...

A Poem A Day Writing Prompt 2 July 2018

1 rule: SUBMIT YOUR BEST WORK "if you did not listen when the past was breathing the present erases your name" -From the poem Heat and sweat by Mongane Wally Serote use the form below to submit [gravityform id="2" title="true"...

editorial: A Tradition of Poetics

We come from a tradition of poetics, which has always responded to the state of the nation. This tradition, whether you are a griot in west Africa or an imbongi in south Africa, has always been about true talk, as...