Why is it always the women?

by AA Maree When temperature drops and fuel is needed for fire why is it always the women seen struggling up hills with logs on their heads when unemployed men sit at stop streets waiting for offers to fix roofs

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This Season of Grieving

by John Carse This season is breeding itself becoming full moving lugubriously touching all who dare to linger in its path passing itself from one host to the next leaving its ghosts lying breathless in the streets and among the

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Two poems by Khadija Sharife

was the game they played was the game they played with you played with us too slave owners enslaved by a logic of one more than the other here but not there and where is it the utopia sought was

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m(other) a letter to my adopted daughter

by Hanta Henning my child there are two mothers in your heart and in your head the one who bore you and me who raises you in her stead when you came there was no map of the road ahead

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Three poems by Gail Dendy

Story of a Zimbabwean Farm You would search for the old place only hesitantly, driving the 4X4 onwards down the potholed road then, with a grind of gears, idle the engine while you looked and looked past the newly installed

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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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