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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 Mike Alfred

The Poet Struggles with Physics There’s this force that can make stuff out of nothing. Is this god or something else entirely? Maybe nothing is stuff in another form? A nothing-like form? It appears that the force makes a universe

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Three poems by Mike Alfred

Now I can tell you … I can tell you that our marriage was one of your great creations, a complete existence but so silent and modest, I seldom noticed. I can tell you that our marriage, such a splendid

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Mourning Poems by Mike Alfred

Legacy   Ah, there you are, choosing chutney in the sauces aisle. I look away for an instant and you are gone; Houdini of the supermarket. You were wearing that pale blue turtleneck, weren’t you? Oh, there you are again,

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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