Palesa Mazamisa

Mahikeng, A Forgotten Place

by Zeenit Jacobs   Have you seen Mahikeng? A place between rocks and filth; streets with littered debris are the empty words regurgitated from the foul lips of an office bearer crashing like dense hailstones… the stench of transparent oaths looming heavy over...

La République Des Singes

La République Des Singes

by Jean Francois Kouadio Comprenons-nous réellement le contenu principiel du contrat social? Comment combattre effacement la corruption. Pourquoi assistons-nous continuellement à la dilution des repères normatifs, à la montée du tribalisme et de la xénophobie? Comment...

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,...

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...

Remember Nokuthula Simelane

by Sihle Ntuli   for daughters of the armed strugglethe ones pictured standing alongside revered black male deities,partaking in the same contestation for liberation,the very same undergrounds of eSwatini coated in the same camouflage+++++++also crouched down to evade...

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...

Extract from “The Birds know the postman”

by Mxolisi Nyezwa   The room at Livingstone hospital where I was now detained felt completely weird and exceedingly cold as if we – the doctor with a lisp, my mother who stood or sat in a chair nearby, the ill looking nurse, and myself – were all trapped inside a big...

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...

George

by Rory Kilalea   Rhodesia declared a unilateral declaration of Independence from Britain in 1965 to avoid black rule.A bush war erupted. Black freedom fighters attacked the white Rhodesian forces for control of the country. Men and women were enlisted. This story is...