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On listening. And dreams. Poetry as an act of hope. by Vangile Gantsho

In thinking of poetry – both as a teacher and a practitioner – I am always listening for what the poem is trying to say. Listening to the music, and the ground. As a practitioner, I want to push myself...

Poet Profile: vangile gantsho

vangile gantsho is a poet, healer and co-founder of impepho press. Unapologetically a black woman, she has travelled the continent and the globe participating in literary events and festivals. gantsho is the author of two poetry collections: Undressing in front of...

Book Review: Hullo, Bu-Bye, Koko, Come In by Koleka Putuma

reviewed by Vus'umuzi Phakathi This draft begins with a disco of friends in discourse. The conversation is centered around influential individuals in Evaton, one of the oldest townships in the Vaal Triangle; the friends dance at length about how the...

Review | Makhafula Vilakazi’s Concerning Blacks

In Ramashia’s new project, the presence of violence in all facets of the Black existence is felt and responded to. This violence does not, however, define those involved in it and Blacks in general. Image by Tseliso Monaheng There is...

Poet Profile: Dshamilja Roshani

DSHAMILJA ROSHANI is a 25-year old Berlin-based poet, writer and performer of German-Iranian descent. In their work, Dshamilja paints vivid yet fluid images that examine the complexity of self and social relations. Emerging from a compassionate and honest place, their...