#WNSFest7: Join the #6WordStory writing challenge

Writers and Poets from RSA and Italy respond to 2 poems by South African Poet and author Don Mattera and Italian Playwright and Poet Luigi Pirandello using 6 Word Stories on Twitter.

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#BOOKSNOTBULLETS: SA TODAY: THE LINGERING STENCH OF ’76 A POEM BY ASHRAF BOOLEY

Somewhere in the core of my country | dwells a cancer – seeping deep into the crevices of our livelihoods | that won’t let the child learn without first having to burn tyres. | When the child could remedy the land of its wailing wounds
and forgo its inherited injustices. | Who could paint our story anew | on a blank canvas of boundless possibilities.

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#BOOKSNOTBULLETS: A REFLECTION ON PRIVILEGE BY ZANOKUHLE MTHEMBU

Why do our parents have to jump over the moon and back to send their children to a place of education? Why must there be blood scattered across our screens for the story to be heard?

Yesterday’s events highlighted many things but the most glaring thought is that our parents fought a very similar fight some 40 odd years ago. Except now we are united, solidified by a common a cause and powered by the notion of free education.

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Phillippa Yaa de Villiers: The Anxiety of Originality

Recently I had a conversation with a young poet about writing, and I began by asking her what she is reading, and what she considers her greatest influences. She said she didn’t want to be influenced, she wants to find her own voice. It reminded me of a conversation I had with Rustum Kozain about eight years ago. I asked him to read and review my first collection of poetry, Taller than Buildings, and his first question to me was “who are your influences?” I said I didn’t know, I was trying to find my own voice. He persisted, “but who do you want to sound like, who do you admire?”

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