q&a: Spier Poetry Exchange

Poetry Potion had the pleasant opportunity to pose some questions to Lorelle Viegi one of the curators of the 2008 Spier Poetry Exchange…   POETRY POTION:  What is the Spier Poetry Exchange? LORELLE VIEGI:  The event is a week long...

School Daze

we not in college to graduate and to go get a job... we not here because our mamas told us to... we not here to "act white"... for bragging-rights... to show-off... to look down on others... we not here because...

My Bones Shall Rise Again…

Mbuya Nehanda (1863 - 1898)Under Robert Mugabe and his ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), the people of Zimbabwe have no democracy and no basic human rights. In 2005 we saw the latest atrocities called...

Sara Baartman, 51 years later

It's been 51 years since the women of South Afrika took to the street and went and faced the apartheid government to let them know what their demands were; five years since Sara Baartman was returned home and laid to...

q&a: Mafika Gwala

[caption id="attachment_3889" align="alignleft" width="332"] image courtesy of Poetry Africa[/caption] Poetry Potion had the privilege of talking to a Soweto Poet, Mafika Gwala (who isn’t from Soweto).  He started writing in the sixties and published extensively with titles such as Jol'iinkomo (1977) and No...