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Dreams of Flight, by Myesha Jenkins
Dreams of Flight is the popular Myesha Jenkins’ second collection of poems. In this book, Jenkins comes full circle and she provide some answers to questions that she has been asking in her poetry all along. Perhaps this is Jenkins’ most deep book from Jenkins – and it speaks to some of her deepest emotions – from loss of her mother, her own illness, loosing her eye sight and being destitute. With 32 poems all in all, this book opens Jenkins’ heart to her readers. This book was launched at Poetry Africa 2011.
Sardo Dance, by Natalia Molebatsi
Sardo Dance is a new poetry anthology from Natalia Molebatsi. The launch takes place at the UNISA art gallery this Saturday. Natalia has perfomed on stages across Africa and the world, and the launch will feature performances from her, as well as special guests Lesego Rampolokeng and Napo Masheane, amongst others.
“While Molebatsi’s poetry is critical and often condemning of the poor status of women and the manner in which society treats them, she is also celebratory of women and envisions a future society… Catch the poet if you can: read her words, welcome her offering because maybe, just maybe, she is telling your own story.”
– Makhosazana Xaba
“Sardo Dance portrays the lives of women and men fully and justly. This is the voice of a poet who refuses to be shaped from ‘a spare bone.’ … By looking unflinchingly at “every unfading shadow,” the lines of these poems do not evade the pain of their subjects, but also do not reduce them only to their pain…”
– Gabeba Baderoon
Marikana: A Moment in Time
In her Foreword, Makhosana Xaba says that this book is a blessing and a “dressing on the wound of South Africa”. She reminds us that “the brutal rule of power remains with us. And it kills”, and that “in the name of human dignity, the struggle must continue”. Indeed, she adds, this book “is an offering of solidarity”.
The collection is endorsed by some of the most respected scholars in South Africa, such as Prof Njabulo S Ndebele, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Ari Sitas and Pitika Ntuli. Ndebele says that he supports this project for its noble intentions of assisting the Marikana community.
The events of August 14, 2012 at Marikana have reverberated throughout the world – with intense anger, disappointment and disbelief. The shooting and killing of miners on that day indicated how our society still places profit before its people.