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Two Poems by Siza Nkosi

the music that keeps me up at night in the hour of dreams young voices dance to the distant doef-doef sound of senseless lyrics drums chant ceaselessly to izangoma who’ve woken the drunken spirits of their fathers the religious ones

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Two Poems by Siza Nkosi

i am my mother’s daughter my father is a white ice-cream van that he owns and plays jazz in and drives off with for weeks rehearsing lines with his Kente friends while I sit at the back seat pushing back

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Three Poems by Siza Nkosi

music tour so where to? dube station via the main road jozi fm on the left they play gospel and cheaters on thursdays i bump into uncle ray next to the toilet (they call the police station the toilet) ray’s

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The Mad Man

by Siza Nkosi   He wears yellow socks And the sun shines on his feet His hands are as black as a cold lonely night And his eyes big as the hole in his heart His pride resides in a place

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