poetry

 
Quilled or typed, it’s writ
Quilled or typed, it’s writ
I wonder occasionally why that particularly loathsome locution, to say someone has “penned” a book (only slightly more loathsome than to say...
Moses, we shall sing your Redemption Song
Moses, we shall sing your Redemption Song
The poet and urban planner was killed by thugs earlier this month. His friend and mentor Vonani Bila reflects on and honours the life...
Good, evil and poetry in between the stories
Good, evil and poetry in between the stories
Ben Okri was once asked how poetry could help us in troubled times. His answer was: “Poetry goes straight to the truth of things, with extraordinary gravity, with great rhythmic beauty. So it moves the heart as well as the mind at the same time.”...
Activist poets on the frontline
Activist poets on the frontline
Nakuru — It is a chilly Sunday afternoon at the Agora Centre in Nakuru, Kenya. The stage is lit up as if for a music...
PODCAST: Bowie the poet
PODCAST: Bowie the poet
In this episode we meet Anthero Bowie, a former gang member who is out of prison and trying to reinvent himself as a poet. 
For Winnie
For Winnie
Courage. Conviction. Kindness. Style. Power. Love.
Snapshots of a living poem
Snapshots of a living poem
Some hours after ringing in the new year, I received a message from a friend. The poet and friend to many writers of my generation, Professor...
A poet laureate, a servant of the people
A poet laureate, a servant of the people
In 2005, after shopping the idea around for a decade, the Write Associates got government support to institutionalise the office of the poet...
Beauty in struggle
Beauty in struggle
Rhythm it is we
Younger poets mourn a master
Younger poets mourn a master
There are countless people in the South African poetry community whose careers have been nourished by the selfless light of the literary giant...
Unchained spirit of Bra Willie
Unchained spirit of Bra Willie
OBITUARY: KEORAPETSE KGOSITSILE 1938-2018
Poets reclaim Cape Town's historical narrative
Poets reclaim Cape Town's historical narrative
‘It’s funny that you call this place Kaapstad. Kaap means ‘steal’ in Dutch. Kapen. ‘To steal’,” says Sjaan Flikweert. She says this...

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