Inclines (ii) by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] Inclines (ii) — for Shamim Meer you call it where sky kisses earthI call it land of the skyis it the sky bendingor earth reaching growing up by the RockiesI only learned in Magaliesthe older the mountains the...

Losing parts by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] Losing parts the Gestapo went door-to-doorlooking for the yellow star I wonder sometimes if anyone tried rallyingeveryoneto wear one as SAPS goes door-to-doortesting for words in isiZulu like Inkatha in Boipatong '92 it reminds me of a Shona...

The Coming Eruption by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] the coming eruption my first encounter with it walking fastMaboneng to townwith a fiercely internationalist filmmaker friend far east on Commissionerbefore Troyvillea hollow complex ringing withFanakalo liquid orange languagecreatedin the mines heated crossroads of thecountry entire Southern slice...

Sodade (iv) By Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] from Prajapati’s firstbreaths the gods sacred plant Soma darknesstears air earth skywound the seasons other planets humanity sweat of limbsever-stretching 3 continentsbreathtaking woundstearing mehuman [tabby title="Poet Bio"] Salimah Valiani is the author of five poetry collections. The most...

FIDEL CASTRO AT LILLISLEAF FARM, 2017​ by Salimah Valiani

[tabby title="Poem"] I. THE FIRST TIME I SPENT AN EXTENDED PERIOD WITH FIDELHE ASKED ME HOW MANY MATH TEACHERS ARE ALLOCATED TO LIMPOPO? AND HOW MANY LITRES OF PETROL ARE CONSUMED IN SOUTH AFRICA EACH YEAR? WHEN WE MARCHED IN...