I am nearly fifty years old, a poet and writer, and recently a lecturer at Wits University. I fell in love with poetry at a very young age through reading Alice in Wonderland, Edward Lear and other poetry which is humorous with lots of word-play. Like other South African children I learnt nursery rhymes, rude songs and clapping games…
The month of August looks like a poetry market place from here. With the Word N Sound Poetry League two months away from festival and the launch of Lesego Rampolokeng’s […]
Nah famo, I don’t buy it, is Richard Quaz Roodts’ a response to Maggia Gambu’s column There is no African Writing, published as part of the #ReWriteZA series on 1st July 2015.
In your article, There is no African writing, you almost made a valid point but then continued to completely ruin it with vague accusations, finger pointing and absurd selective deductive reasoning.
I can’t comment on your belief that there is a conscious effort by white owned publishers to control the black perspective. We are gonna have to ask Steve Hofmeyer about that.
As the first part of the journey back into the poetry realm, I have started reading poetry again. There’s a beauty in rediscovering my love for the written poetic word… I’ve also started buying more…
The more I read, the more the random lines pop into my head at all times of the day.
The Word N Sound Live Literature Co., in partnership with Literaturwerkstatt and No Boundaries e.V. are proud to present DE x ZA, an international, inter-lyrical music and poetry exchange program between Johannesburg and Berlin. […]
African writing and publishing has been systematized to be an extension of Western or European thinking and imagination about the continent and its people.
To a large extent, an African writer is not encouraged to come up with a new variation or interpretation of what happens in Africa. He or she is not allowed to be true to self or tell their own Truth.