Trade Winds

(An extract from “Vespa Diaries’) by Ari Sitas   Hard winter this -I’ll lend you a 300mm lens for your Clicklcack he said, only if you fetch me Fresh Snoek for the Braai! Fair trade harsh trade winds, low clouds

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Four poems by Nica Cornell

Thirst I lived in a land of drought stark, harsh do not smuggle your stepmother’s shampoo her hair is lush with water and your father’s love her skin – never scrubbed she grows roses pretty, greedy and foreign you are

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Two poems by Frank Meintjies

The storm, Krotoa’s ally I am the storm, I am the sea’s reflection, it’s other self I watch as (in these rough natal days) this little child is swept up as dust with a broom trod on, as the mud

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Two poems by Sarah Frost

The Past What were you thinking, mother, When you handed me the slim rectangular package – A watch for my tenth birthday – When I came to your bed that lonely winter morning? I was mute with my longing for

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Two poems by Goodwill Siboniso Mkhwanazi

Inkanankana Impilo ehalelwa izinkumbi, umkhosi ophithilizelisa abasha nezaguga, umkhosi odedelwa ulaxazwe njengomlilo, abawuphethe bayawuphihliza bebaleka, abawufunayo baphithizela njengamatsheketshe, umkhosi ozingelwa njengenyamazane. Umkhosi omtoti ngamehlo, abawunambithayo bewuphimisa njengolwandle, abawubukayo bewulambele okwendodo, umkhosi owakhiwa eningini, kodwa othwala ngothando. Umhlangano wezimpunzi ezimbili, Unoxhaka

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