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CALL FOR POEMS

  BEST “NEW” AFRICAN POETS 2018 ANTHOLOGY   We are calling for BEST 1-3 poems per poet from Africa (living in Africa) or of African diasporas (one of the parents originated from Africa) to be included in BEST “NEW” AFRICAN

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Keep them close

by Xihluke Mlangeni   There was never smoke without a fire nor a tail without a head Behind every loss are memories that drift in the sky when the soul rises Father died one day And on that cold pained

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The boy I kissed at the Greenhouse

Gabriel Hoosain Khan   The tender aloe is aflame, veld fire at night. Across a hilltop, ever moving, a line of light On a moonless night. It starts with a scurrying sound. The rodents are moving, I feel them around

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Two poems by Nkateko Maluleke

Kula Kokwana Ti dya ti ya endzhutini ka kokwana Xikomu se xa hlomuka embhinyini Ndima yona, u boxile Mihandzu ya ntamu wa kwe ndzi dyile U ndzi wundlile kokwana U ndzi kombile rirhandzu swonghasi U wile a pfuka na mina

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POEMS BY THULANI SHEBA

1.VUKA MUNTU OMUSHA Vuka ubone muntu omusha. Vuka wenze muntu omusha. Vuka kuzwakale muntu omusha. Vuka ubonakale muntu omusha. Impilo yakho iphethwe nguwe, Ikusasa lakho lisezandleni zakho. Impumelelo yakho yakhiwa nguwe. Injabulo yakho yakhiwa nguwe. Ithemba lakho libe kuMdali. Vuka

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