Archive for January, 2018

Keorapetse

RIP Prof Keorapetse William Kgositsile. File photo.
Image: Tshepo Kekana. © Sunday World                        

Hi guys,

Happy 2018. I keep coming in and out of this space like a place where I may have left my keys. I’m back again.

Maybe in 2018, I will review more brilliant poetry. In the past two years, my life has transformed incredibly and it affected the number of times I came searching for my keys here :). But there has been more stability now and maybe this is the year I do more purposeful writing. It is not a resolution but I feel a stirring of the spirits that made me get this blog going in the first place. This might be the comeback.

You guys are amazing. The page views are always in the hundreds every day even though I haven’t put out much content over quite some time. Hopefully on my part, this will change.

I was thinking of putting this blog out in a book so that we can have these and more beautiful poems and their reviews handy as coffee table reads. The biggest reason I haven’t done so is because I have not done the hard work of seeking out the copyright holders of each individual poem. Some of them may no longer be alive but might have handed these rights to trusts. Pray for me. I may want to kick off that work this year and I need the strength.

This year begun very sadly for us the poetry fraternity in Africa as we have lost South Africa’s poet laureate Prof Keorapetse Kgositsile. Farewell Bra Willie and commiserations, Mzansi. Click to read his moving poem tribute to refugees titled Anguish Longer than Sorrow.

I wish you all a better 2018 than you have asked for yourselves. Let’s do this.