The Trinity of Poetry – What is Poetry?​ An Introduction by Vus’umuzi Phakathi

Whenever I'm asked in a class about what poetry is, I often remember the words of anenraged mother addressing her daughter who planned to move in with her boyfriend, saying:​ "Ha otswa ka lemati leno, o siye sohle seleng saka,...

An Introduction to the Extended Metaphor by Vus’umuzi Phakathi

Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a direct comparison between two things that are unrelated, but which share common characteristics. It is the use of one thing based on its characteristics to give clarity on the mechanics and/or...

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Disabilities in Africa Anthology of Writing

What does it mean to be a disabled person in Africa today? How do people in Africa living with a range of physical and psychological disabilities experience and express their unique sense of embodiment? The Disabilities in African Contexts Project invites creative...

so you have a writer’s block, huh?

So, sometimes it's hard to writer. Some say it exists, others say it doesn't. It's called a writer's block. It takes over you at the most inconvenient of times. Has you not knowing how to write. How to distil that...

writer’s block: Imagery

imagery (noun): visually descriptive or figurative language, esp. in a literary work. Imagery is using vivid and descriptive language in order to elevate the work. When used properly, it can transport the reader or listener into the poem and make...