Yearly Archives: 2014

Mourning Poems by Mike Alfred

Legacy   Ah, there you are, choosing chutney in the sauces aisle. I look away for an instant and you are gone; Houdini of the supermarket. You were wearing that pale blue turtleneck, weren’t you? Oh, there you are again,

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Poems by Natalie Railoun

Poised Poems they come to me when I am alone driving walking places where another’s sound is pushed out by the rush of wind or drone of an engine spat away by the ocean spume rustled out by south-easter leaves

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Correspondence between Madimetja “Kulturecool” Selepe and Deon-Simphiwe

18 Oct 2014   Dear Madimetja Thank you for submitting your poem to Botsotso. It is very exciting for us to see young people being as passionate about writing and their culture as you are. Please keep this up. You

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Composer at Large: Diary/Memoir

by John Simon   excerpt from entry Stanwell Sunday 30 March 2008 Sex under Apartheid I have to say my life at this time was wild and exciting. Johannesburg was a confident, self-assured, if highly dislocated city, with a citizenry

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Thuto Ke Lesedi

by Madimetja Selepe   My name is Madimetja Selepe known as kulturekool. I am a 16 year old boy, from Limpopo in polokwane, attending school at Derek kobe high. I love to join botsotso publishing as I am motivated by

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Myesha Jenkins – Tribute

Botsotso would like to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins, the poet and promoter of poetry who died on Saturday, 05 September 2020. Myesha was a founder member of Feelah Sistah, the all-woman poetry group that in its time made such an impact. Thereafter, she was indefatigable in organising and strengthening poetry platforms on radio and for live performance/readings. Myesha’s work was included in two Botsotso productions – the anthology Isis X and the recording Roots and Branches. Her spirit as a politically conscious, jazz-loving artist lives on and is well expressed in her seminal poem Autobiography which was included in both these projects.

Click here to read Autobiography, a poem by Myesha Jenkins.

A Call for Submissions: Johannesburg in Poetry