Sunnyside Nightwalk, by Dr Raphael d’Abdon
d’Abdon seems to be that increasingly rare poet who engages fully with his world and also with himself. He seems eager to have transformative conversation with the reader, and wants dialogue, the back and forth. The poet bleeds then takes off his shirt and shows you the scars. I can’t stress how much I love this collection, this book takes you everywhere: it was such an incredible journey! As a writer, a South African, a mother, a lover, a woman, my heart was full: I felt sung to, made love to, hushed, aroused, empowered, called to act… all of it.
- Kagiso wa Molope, writer, author of The Mending Season
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
Song of the Town Crier, by Themba Zulu
Themba Zulu is an economist by profession and he works for Treasury. This book gives particular attention to diction (sometimes involving rhyme), rhythm and imagery. Themba Zulu is a young South African following in the footsteps of the gifted … poets (from an older generation) like Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mafika Gwala, Don Mattera …