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Featured Poem: Blame it on the rats by Xabiso Vili

  Part 2 My mother blames it on the rats, men with arms as long as tails that know how to steal the teeth from your mouth, the pure from your youth, the gold from your labia, leave another heart...

To Breathe Into Another Voice: A South African anthology of jazz poetry

To Breathe Into Another Voice was recently launched at The Orbit Jazz club. This is an anthology of jazz poetry compiled and edited by avid Jazz lover and poet Myesha Jenkins. Published by Real African Publishers, the anthology explores jazz...

about 21 Poems: Dear South Africa

Dear South Africa, You are not a child anymore. We should have thrown you a huge street bash and handed you your key to adulthood. But we couldn't. There’s not enough to celebrate. You see, we’re not sure you deserve...

“Strangers kiss softly as moths” by Xabiso Vili

[tabs tab1="Poem" tab2="Poet Bio"] [tab id=1]A quote from Michael Ondaatje’s “In the skin of a lion” You burnt me With your singed, Still-warm fluttering Kisses, Or was it I Who burnt you? I still can’t decide Who was the flame...

Dear Leaders by Xabiso Vili

[tabs tab1="Poem" tab2="Poet Bio"] [tab id=1] I saw you last on my grandmother’s zinc wall, smiling and promising housing. She’s gone now, and so is her papier mache home and her sandcastle dreams, burnt by a lack of electricity and...