Poets are doing their own individual work in their own spaces has done a lot to shift the culture and elevate the craft.
I fucked up my second performance because of the pressure of beginner’s luck plus I started the season late….catching up has been the biggest challenge.
My Poetry League journey has been like a wave – there were times I felt like hiding beneath sand, all calm, but because I am Solly, stubborn, I had to prove to myself that I can push to the shores.
What has kept me coming back is my belief that my work opens conversations and insight into perspectives and avenues of thought that are typically discouraged or not explored.
The Poetry League has been a roller coaster ride. The level of poetry and competition that takes place at Word n Sound can be straining yet rewarding at the same time.
I’ve learned that every story is valid and it’s our responsibility as poets to tell those stories. It is more than an exercise in vocabulary but a transcription of feelings.
The inaugural Keorapetse Kgositsile Poetry Café will play host to a variety of powerful writers including Antjie Krog, Lebohang Masango, Lebo Mashile, Flo Mokale, Siphokazi Jonas, Diana Ferrus, Flow Wellington, Makhosazana Xaba, Katlego Shoro, Xabiso Vili, MoAfrika ‘a Mokgathi, Roche Kester and Mutle Mothibe to name a few