another dead poet

by Amani Karisa

we’re gathered here
outside parliament
boys and girls
dressed in black
swinging our bodies
in slow motion
singing dirges
with hoarse voices
fists raised
against the wind
arms stretched out
holding posters
painted with blood
from the vaginas
and thigh bruises
of our young sisters
afraid
trembling
who will be next
a random Nigerian
or the girl next door?

RIP Uyinene Mrwetyana

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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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