What happens when poets from SA, Namibia, Canada and Belgium are challenged to share a stage with musical genius Lerato Lichaba?
We hosted our very first Live Literature Market and it certainly was a success that we plan to host on a regular basis.
The Response Poem round is one we eagerly await each year at the Word N Sound Poetry League Finale. The finalists are given a list of poems that they are asked to respond to in any way.
For Round 2 of the slam finale, the finalists were asked to collaborate with any other artists to truly bring their poems to life…And boy did these gentlemen bring it!
This is what Masai Sepuru, Clear, Soetry, Linda Masilela and Mjele Msimang brought to the opening round of the Word N Sound Poetry League slam finale.
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.