poetry

 
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...
Poets’ society revolution
Poets’ society revolution
A tiny literary revolution is taking over my bookshelf.
The poet by whom the English language lives
The poet by whom the English language lives
Derek Walcott, the poet-chronicler of the island life, died, aged 87, in Saint Lucia, Caribbean, on March 17 after a long illness. He set out to be...
‘Humbled’ LKJ true to his voice
‘Humbled’ LKJ true to his voice
On the day I am scheduled to interview Linton Kwesi Johnson, he is in a particularly cranky mood. Widely acknowledged as “one of the world’s...
​Koleka Putuma's poems of celebration, grief and rage
​Koleka Putuma's poems of celebration, grief and rage
The front cover of Koleka Putuma’s debut poetry anthology, Collective...

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