And then what?
South African poetry
Two years in the making, the book was born long before assuming its physical form—which, by the way, is beautiful. I would arrive at poetry readings and recite some lines; people would clap to the beat and it was poetry. I believed in myself and became a poet. The poets shared their journeys and reflections with the audience members in attendance, focusing on the importance of grassroots and community movements and collectives for the social development of favelas that are excluded from the exercise of the most fundamental rights—human rights. The event went far beyond small talk: it was a gathering of free souls.
Microphone in hand, she recited:.
I want to share my poetry:. You say that I am Black… Black is my root.
I am timber, I am wood. I am ember, I am charcoal.
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It masterfully reckons with questions of identity and culture. It is a wonderful way to discover important contemporary poets of the global African Diaspora. A wonderful read. Each short story starts in the familiar and then leads to unexpected and compelling revelations.
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