Poetry

A History of Disappearance

A History of Disappearance

by Sara Lubala Sarah Lubala’s debut collection of poetry, A History of Disappearance, centres on the experiences of those living on the margins, particularly girls and women. The opening poem, “6 Errant Thoughts on Being a Refugee,” for which Lubala was shortlisted...

Inhabiting Love

Inhabiting Love

by Abu Bakr Solomons In this second collection, following his debut A Season of Tenderness and Dread (published by Botsotso, 2018), Abu Bakr Solomons continues his exploration of the unfolding social and political milieu – worlds in transition – both locally and...

On Days Such as This

On Days Such as This

by Gail Dendy From the unusual opening poem (conflating birth with a car crash) to its close (an abandoned suitcase representing an entire lifetime), this book weaves its stories backwards and forwards through time and place. There is insight, sensuality, reflection,...

The Alkalinity of Bottled Water

The Alkalinity of Bottled Water

by Makhosazana Xaba Makhosazana Xaba, with several collections and anthologies to her name, is at the forefront of a poetry that embraces penetrating socio-political insight with highly emotional responses to the love and pain that our country provides in such...

Footprints of the Heart

Footprints of the Heart

edited by Quaz Roodt An anthology of poetry by students at the University of Johannesburg Footprints of the Heart is an anthology of poetry written by University of Johannesburg students and compiled by Quaz Roodt as part of the University's poetry programme. The...

Oncoming Traffic

Oncoming Traffic

by Maakomele R. Manaka The traffic mainly reflects the silence in the author’s personal conflicts, meaning, writing what he cannot say, fusing different styles and tones from the lyrical to the surreal to strip himself down to the vulnerable marrow. As such, this...

A Season of Tenderness and Dread

A Season of Tenderness and Dread

by Abu Bakr Solomons Solomons creates work of contemplation, critique and regret and does more than a little truth-telling in these poems, meditations and photographs. In and through different traditions of culture and poetry, he summons the spirit of the poet as...