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Correspondence between Madimetja “Kulturecool” Selepe and Deon-Simphiwe

18 Oct 2014   Dear Madimetja Thank you for submitting your poem to Botsotso. It is very exciting for us to see young people being as passionate about writing and their culture as you are. Please keep this up. You

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Thuto Ke Lesedi

by Madimetja Selepe   My name is Madimetja Selepe known as kulturekool. I am a 16 year old boy, from Limpopo in polokwane, attending school at Derek kobe high. I love to join botsotso publishing as I am motivated by

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Am my own man

by Deon-Simphiwe Skade   I can hear her voice wail like an impatient church bell it echoes in stately shrills lack of restraint casts her into the darkness of fears “Be a man! Be a man, Joe!” she had demanded

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Beneath the Skin

by Deon-Simphiwe Skade   These men’s faces are their Achilles Heels Look at that fellow with fiery eyes face torn by raging fists He even bleeds from his solid temples Skin is not steel that bends when emotions heat up

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The Truth About that Dream

by Deon-Simphiwe Skade   It feels like a dream. One I may easily wake up from. If only someone could shake me. Can someone shake me – Please? But it ought to be the right push, lest I get tipped

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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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