How is the knife ?

by Partha Sarkar


How is the knife ?
Is it sharp ?
But I do not understand
Why you blame this divine plough.

It is pious.
It paints the face of dawn
With the blood of a meaningless heart.
And so far as knowledge goes,
It commits no crime
Unless you yourself tear the cord of blood.

How is the knife ?
I do not answer.
But I myself knife the gangrene
Of the expired womb.

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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.

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