Hintsa’s Ghost: Collection of Poems
Hintsa’s Ghost – Collection of Poems is a provocative collection of poems written by the award-winning author of Dubstep (Jacana, 2016).
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Marikana. A Moment in Time (Geko, 2013) is a collection of essays, articles, poems and photos by South African and international writers, activists and artists. The book is edited by Dr Raphael d’Abdon (Postdoctoral Fellow at UNISA) and published by the young and independent publisher Geko Publishing. All the proceeds from this book will be donated to the school of Marikana.
The volume includes a foreword by Makhosazana Xaba and the writings of Prof Njabulo N Ndebele, Simphiwe Dana, Ari Sitas, Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Napo Masheane, Pitika Ntuli, Prof Pietro Basso, Philo Ikonya, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Afurakan, Lance Henson and Abdul Milazi, to name a few. It captures the mood, the opinions, the commentaries of renowned South African and international scholars, activists and artists in essays, articles, poems and images. Some photos were taken by Mandy de Waal and her son Kyle, while others came from Yazeed Kamaldien. September National Imbizo (SNI) also contributed an opinion piece. Philo Ikonya is a Kenyan poet who now lives in exile in Norway. Ikonya was in South Africa in 2012 during Poetry Africa, and she contributed with a poem titled “Evening Falls”.
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.
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A Tale of Ash: Poems is an impressive collection from one of Nigeria’s fine young scribes. Lucius Ndimele is unassumingly brilliant in his prose. This collection represents the lyricism of West African scribes and their collective genius of the ages. Ndimele’s language is floral yet not overwhelming. His poetry is beautiful, yet not soppy. He writes about love, relationships, death and life.
“Your home is yesterday, you can
Only exhume what it looked like,
Memorials fertilize your songs, every
Dawn is laced with mines, every
Young hour knows the intimacy
Of a lime.”
Ndimele is clearly a sharp mind and his literary prowess is certain. It comes as n surprise that Ndimele comes from the literature paradise of Nigeria. Ndimele’s poetry is reminiscent of Okigbo – in fact in many instances, he conjures up the titan of poetry in his work.
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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
Raphael d’Abdon’s poetry debut in English reminds one why language is an international, carnal affair. d’Abdon licks English grammar and vocabulary with his Italian tongue, teasing out poems of surprise and joy. His words are like an enthusiastic lover – a brave, daring anglophiliac. It is when d’Abdon explores the delicious depths of love, relationship, sex and the senses that this reader is left most satisfied.
Tania Haberland (aka van Schalkwyk), poet, winner of the 2010 Ingrid Jonker Prize
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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