Yearly Archives: 2016

Poems by Vera Mihailovich-Dickman

City Buzz Johannesburg becoming a truly African city – which it has been, but not for all and perhaps not African in the eyes of many not African in lifestyle, even if in Africa Johannesburg   Bursting with curiosity, the

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an almost sestina lente

by Mike Dickman   today is the spring festival of poetry: the moon is on the wane and I’ve not done much with the day at all: slept with the cat, played a little music, translated a bit, cooked, and

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Poems by S Chandramohan

Caste in a local train Caste in a local train can be deceptive Like the soul of a Pakistani fast bowler Camouflaged in a three piece suit And anglicized accent. Though seated opposite me I can feel him charging on

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Rain Pouring in my Eyes

by  Thandi Morweng   Rain pouring in my eyes Reflecting my soul Xenophobic attack while I was in my mother’s womb Playing with her fallopean tube She couldn’t rain like a wild animal Why? Me kicking like a ball in

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Poems – Joop Bersee

Queueing up In a queue outside the museum, covered by our century, waiting to see what he saw with his brushes. Once inside, a flood of people block my view, sand in his eyes. The paintings are frozen solid on

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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