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The Shape of a Man

by Dimakatso Sedite   I reach out to hug you  All I feel is wire I kiss the breeze of your  sighs instead. How do you breathe surrounded by hardness? Or is this the shape of a man? A statue

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The Living Swan

by Zahraa’ Khaki She whirled A demon dervish raising hell Black White feathers a soft death knell Crazed flight across the World Stage 12 fouettes 24, 36, 48 Diaphanous peals of clashing color-sound Green red yellow blue orange gray brown

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Poems by Athol Williams

His Gentle Breath Dedicated to Keorapetse Kgositsile His gentle breath gave shape to the deflated – we who stood like waving rubber figures along the highway – falling, folding, fading, choked by the large boot standing on our necks –

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You Flew the Calculus of the World

by Awogbemila  Temitope  Ayodeji    Axiom i:  : where x is the a winged       world of Integrable derivatives – I,               you, two mp3 players and Mobutu *  Four of us were shadows                     of ourselves, the world breaths in                                   multiples of four.

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Poems by Bafana Charles Peter

1. Yinyath’uqobo Ndimva ndikud’enyathela Ndiv’imvekw’ithule kant’iyozela Ndimbona ngaphambi kwanax’evuthela Ndibabona besaba bemnik’indlela Liqhaji lendoda yinyok’ubulumko Unamehlw’okhozi undand’emafini Yinkunz’enkom’uyangcangcazelisa Yintab’uk’phakama sonke sinamandla Lixhents’okomXhos’ingesi lakumbona Ndoyik’okwempukw’emngxunyen’isithele Ndihlob’okwamas’engekaselwa nguye Ukhaliph’okwegorha lemfengu lixhobile Iyamkhahlel’inyosi nayo x’imbona Luyamthand’ulwandle ngumhlob’alo Nqandani nants’intlanz’indibulisa Lamla Nxishaneshe kunts’uk’uthule Ndincede

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