Dancing The Pandemic Away by Luleka Mhlanzi

Luleka Mhlanzi | May 21st, 2021 | poetry | No Comments

Poet Bio

Dancing isn’t always for joyous days
I’ve saved my feet
For the blue face of the sky
My head has looked up
At the rotting of the clouds
I clumsily caressed a hope
That lost its fur at each trembling stroke
These clouds seem quite disgusted
At my shedding courage
This wait is an insult to a heart that has hoped and hoped
I’ve now learned to hold lightning
By the hand, to move with the times of this ____ as it is.
So I’ve stopped waiting for the music
and this is the first time I have truly danced at my burning breath

Poet Bio

Luleka Mhlanzi is a South African published and performing poet, actress, creative writer and a youth facilitator who is currently based in Pietermaritzburg. She is an agent of change for South Africa where she has begun exercising such in various youth change programs such as; Gold Peer Education, Enke Youth Forum, PACSA, Activate Change Drivers and currently a youth programmes facilitator at Heartnet where she also curates poetry sessions.
Luleka has recently established a project called Beauty Revised after that responds to a stereotype of beauty standards set by society, growing up she was bullied about her dark skin colour and was deemed ugly. This project seeks a return of confidence to little girls and women excluded by society.
As a poet, she has performed for national and international festivals like 23rd Poetry Africa, Poets You Should Know(Kenya ), UMzimkhulu Tourism Festival, Poet In A Suit , Maritzburg Film and Arts Festival and more. She has been published by Austin International Poetry Anthology (USA) ; Living Black (poetry) and Fearful Gods (poetry). She has also been published by Sunday Independent newspaper; Living Black (poetry)
Luleka Mhlanzi has also compiled a collection of poems ; Confiscated Identity that she will release on the 31st of May 2021.
As an actress, Luleka starred on an award-winning short film; The Beast, directed by Samantha Nell(SA) and Michael Wahrmann(Brasil).

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