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Moses Mtileni: tribute and poems

Tribute by Vonani Bila Moses, we shall sing your Redemption Song By Vonani Bila The senseless murder of Nzama Khaizeni Moses Mtileni on 8 July 2019 left me devastated. What kind of a liberated country slays and crushes its erudite

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Two poems by Vonani Bila

Indonesia The bending road along the jungle of whispering bamboo The narrow asphalted road along tall teak and abaca trees The road of roaring trucks coming down the hill Green trucks full of logs or quarried stone or scooters Noses

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Poems by Vonani Bila

Nuna va tekile (Endzhaku ka hungu ro tsokombela hi manana, Fokisa N’wa-Mahatlani Maxele, loko va ndzi vhakacherile ePolokwane ku ta thetha ntukulu, Mhlahlandlela. Hi bula hi swihlawulekisi leswi mbindzimuxaka vukati)   U hlomuka kunene endlwini hi madina Onge i nyoka

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An Interview with İlyas Tunç, a poet from Turkey

by Vonani Bila   1- Who is İlyas Tunç and when did you encounter poetry ? I was born in 1956 in Ordu, Turkey. I taught English in the primary schools for twenty eight years. Last year I became retired.

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Grab and Bang – Man, Where’s the Condom? AIDS Crisis in South Africa Today

by Vonani Bila In 1990, South Africa had an infection rate of less than one percent. By 1999, an average infection rate had peaked to 22.4 per cent. By the same year, a projected twenty-five per cent of all pregnant

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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