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Ghassan Kanafani Ghassan Kanafani was a refugee, a journalist, an editor and a political activist. He was murdered in Beirut by a bomb planted in his car by Israel’s Mossad spy agency on 8 July 1972.  He was 36 years

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Johannesburg in Poetry: A Call For Submissions

Does Joburg talk to you? Does Jozi shout at you? Does Egoli sing to you? Does Joeys swear at you? Do you love it or hate it enough to put your feelings into a poem? Have you already written a

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Two Poems by Allan Kolski Horwitz

What the hell Day isn’t done+++ yet ++++++++++ so you breathe and fart and kiss ++++++++and slope down into a state of capture when the architecture of isystem cracks +++++and there are troubles +++troubled times ++++++++++and day to day ++is

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Three poems by Allan Kolski Horwitz

Bringing Forth Eve was there Alone She had no need for another She was full breasted And she lay in the garden And seeded herself And her milk made her happy Eve after Eve after Eve But when the moon

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Poems by Allan Kolski Horwitz

PIN PRICK Thirty second HIV test: positive or negative status indicated by the number of vertical stripes formed after a drop of blood has been introduced into a special solution contained in a small receptacle.     One line     or

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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.

A Call for Submissions: Johannesburg in Poetry