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Home is Where the Mic is

edited by Mandi Poefficient Vundla and Allan Kolski Horwitz

This anthology presents the work of twenty-four young Spoken Word poets from South Africa, with a sprinkling of guests from the United States, Britain and Australia.

The experience of black youth in societies polarized by racism, inequality and gender violence whilst, at the same time, struggling to come to terms with love, sex and all the other basic needs of young people makes for fascinating reading. The inventive graphic layout is a fine addition to a stand-out volume.


Home is Where the Mic Is was conceived as a collaboration with ‘Word n Sound’, a popular Johannesburg Spoken Word platform. The intention was to give hitherto only ‘stage’ poets an opportunity to test their work on the ‘page’ and confound the Eurocentric critics of the new wave of performance poetry who decry its energy and breaking down of artificial definitions of poetry. This is South African poetry standing on its own two feet!


ISBN 9780981420547
Pages 190
Dimensions 216 x 216mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2015
Publisher Botsotso Publishing, South Africa
Format Paperback