Poetry

Two Poems by Sue Nyamnjoh

have you eaten? I come from a long lineageof proud and brave heroes. Stories of their greatnesswere passed from father to childwith the cycle repeatedwhen the child became man. His was the mantle of keeping the storiesalive in memory. All this is untrue. Well, not...

Three Poems by Kalahari Marrakesh

A Turbulence of a Spinning Tsunami For coloured girls who love the spinning of a Gusheshe The distance between Hanover Park &Eldorado Parkis marked with asynchronicity of townships. Stacy-lee May spins her BMW 325i gusheshelike a trembling turbulence of a...

Two Poems by LLM Mbatha

Operation Dudula +++++++I Just yesterday they tried To #CleanSAAnd now we knowHow all of it was a LIEBut none came to apologiseFor the damage already doneHow easily we forgetThe nameless unlucky onesThat paid the ultimate price And here they go againThe ones that are...

Dit is die Stilte

by Chestlyn Draghoender Dit is die stiltewat dit so erg maak;Die kommunikasie wat wegbreuk,elke keer as jy probeer++++praat. Dit is die daad van wegloop,van ignoreerwat n mens vermink. Die behoefte om gehoor te wordword onderdruk.Die gebrek aan vertroue in die...

Remembering me

(for Rhoda Kadalie) by Abu Bakr Solomons When you speak about meafter my deathspeak about menot yourself say how I am missedfor things you didn't likedon't sanitize my memoryby outlining only my virtues let me stand between youand the line that divides usjust as I...

Wanting for our Fathers

by Vuyi Qubeka your lustseeps into meit forgets that I’myour child testes muddied intheir needingexcruciating painin the pursuitof the reliefthe paththe supposed curea boy stuck inan old man’s dresswanting for his father your lust seeps into meits scent the...

In the Hill

by Rethabile Masilo Then the two men at the topbacked into the mist, and a door openedbehind a clump of scrubs at our level. They must have known we were traineessent to them by the interests of our lives,and pressed a button on the façade to let us in. We followed...

The Man

by Zeenit Jacobs Stone under weatheredboots, a Man climbsthe heel of a Man… Foot to calf, andthigh to trunk,A Man climbs up theshoulder of a Giant… Eating with its eyes,he listens with its ears,drinks from its mouth… Clouds on the head ofa mountain, mountainson the...

Suspends in the Air the Peace Treaty

by Partha Sarkar There is the huge demand for wineBecause of hypertension.(One may collect water from the bone.None will stop.)Goes far the barren landAfter sprinkling water on the arid table.(The farce is eternal)Finds an innocent rat in a square boxYet none flees....