In this beguiling bouquet of travel poetry, diary fragments, letters, works-in-progress and retrospection, Helen Moffett offers us a rare look into the workings, misfirings and triumphs of a literary mind.
Lyrical, lilting and lachrymose, Stephen Symons’ debut collection of poems fearlessly voyages through the vast and unknowable depths of ocean and adulthood. In sparse, yet gorgeously flowing verse, Symons gives in to the currents of love, war, nostalgia and fatherhood, bringing a new sensitivity to South African poetry; creating a collection infused with an all encompassing awe for the majesty and mystery of the natural world, and humanity’s every changing place in it.
An open space where poetry matters. Stanzas is a quarterly for new poetry to suit all moods. It provides a platform for established and emerging poets to share their most recent work and affirm poetry’s important place in our lives. “The sound must seem an echo of the sense.”
This electrifying new book thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare’s plays and their changing topicality. It introduces an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid, with economics as much as poetry: who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency, privacy, politics, celebrity and sex.
These short shorts (most only one to two pages or less) are slices of South African life with the warts left on. Many involve broken families; some describe mental illness; several include explicit sexuality, mostly between women.
The poems and prose pieces in this compelling collection illustrate the enduring narrative of war and civil conflict in Africa.Africa Ablaze 'is an incredibly important poetry anthology .It is a powerful work of art and history, and is very moving.
Charl-Pierre Naudé demonstrates that poetry problematises generally accepted truths, estranging it so that it may be experienced anew. In Naudé’s poetry the strangeness is important. Strange spaces are set foot upon to rediscover the known, by looking in from the outside as it were.
Vonani Bila’s voice in Bilakhulu! is as buoyant and direct as ever; his emotional range is broad, incorporating humour and lament. These seven narrative poems, ranging from 3 to 35 pages in length, are grounded in the poet’s family and village, at the same time making visible the wider forces that impinge on rural life.
William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience is a collection of poems which embodies not only the talents of a writer, but also those of an artist working in illuminated printing, applying words and pictures to copper plates with the surrounding surfaces etched away. There are twenty one copies of Songs of Innocence and twenty seven of the work as a whole, but no separate copies of Songs of Experience.
A multi-lingual journal of new writing – poetry, short fiction, essays, reviews – and visual art. This edition contains the work of over 60 poets and writers from all over the country and expresses the range of themes and styles that are being explored in contemporary South African writing. A photographic essay on jazz musicians by Moshe Sekete and sketches by Ahmed Patel provide visual content.