Revolutionary Heritage

by Lehlohonolo Shale Taking back my revolutionary heritage The courageous heritage of Sharpeville Langa My June 16 My Fees must Fall Don’t erase it like they did My pennywhistle Coming out of a painter’s shrapnel Drawing from the well of

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A dead swallow

by AA Maree I saw a swallow on the walk up on the bench, dead on the floor I’d guess a cat or dog had got it something pretty and hopeful now in the sand at least walkers can see

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Everybody can Babble but not every Little Brat has the Strategic Network Cable

by Mphutlane wa Bofelo It’s true that every revolution needs a theory But, comrades, to sell theory you need resources It’s true again, comrades, every revolution needs art But art itself needs funding It’s also a truism, comrades, that making

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Doek: Black and female

by Liyema Mkabile Iqhiya is the isiXhosa word for a head wrap, it is dignified. A doek (at least as I understand it) is any common cloth, at times it is a head wrap and at other times it is

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Be Alert to be Dead

by Partha Sarkar   Be alert to be dead. In the direction of the wind, The explosive waits for an explosion And sees the sky, the state gaping And hell the weapon The result of the additions.   Everyone and

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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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