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Four Poems by Jeannie Wallace McKeown

  In Biko’s Time The townships all around East London were on fire, and the newspaper left its front page blank, with only a sentence: There is news we are not allowed to bring you This is how you learn...

two poems by Gloria D. Gonsalves

HOMEMADE FLAG A cake mother baked me as I licked red jam. Flour blew away coated my face playful white. A filling blooming as my PJs are lovely green. The bottom glazed as sky is ocean blue. A filling fluffy...

Your Name by Brigitte Poirson

Whenever I spell your name, You cast a spell on me. You parch my mind with a fire I cannot quell, You take me to a heavenly hell. When I sing your name, I can feel the flux Of your...

Suburban Martyr by Sihle Ntuli

Motherland funk and Shebeen queens. Castle beers and the blockade by the laagers. Beer halls to hide skin tone. Downing beers whilst matching perceived colour of our continent. Afro comb as a symbol and dressed in blues, Afro comb as...

three poems by Sipho Ndebele

Remember I wonder when we lose ourselves Pick up new faces from society’s super market shelves Shelve our laughter and replace it with one that’s popular Downgrade our heroic antics to be regular When I was 9 years old I...