Before The Flood by Nkateko Masinga

Nkateko Masinga | November 9th, 2022 | a poem a day challenge | No Comments

Poet Bio

if you can bear it, let us embrace
before my heart forgets your chest

& allow me one last glance at your face
before my eyes forget perfection’s best

incarnation in human form
& while my hands are still warm

with the familiarity of your touch,
let me spill the deluge inside me

slowly. before this flood engulfs
us, remind me that love once did

the same. it did not start like this
& it does not have to end like this.

Poet Bio

Nkateko Masinga is an award-winning South African writer and scholar. She is a 2019 Fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and a Golden Key Scholar. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018 and her work has received support from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the Swiss Arts Council. In 2019, she co-won the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. Nkateko is the director of the Internship Program at Africa In Dialogue, as well as the founder and managing director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s 2021 International Writing Program (IWP) and served at guest editor of the ‘Please See Me’ Summer Supplement, comprised of work by fellow IWP alumni. In 2022 she was selected by News24 as one of South Africa’s 30 Young Mandelas of the Future.

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