This month’s #PoemOfTheMonth is an inspirational story of a love that has stood the test of time, overcoming a nations history of racial segregation and supression. Torsten Tebogo Rybka, known on stage as Clear is a South African poet from Ga Rankuwa, Pretoria. His poem ‘Against All Odds’ is one inspired by events his parents had to endure during the apartheid era.
Words have power. They can destroy and create. While some use them for selfish reasons to get ahead in life, others find ways to make them a source of inspiration to bring light to the world. Our recent feature for Artist Of The Month is a wordsmith who likes to unlock realms of everyday experiences to bring us stories through her poetry & literary works.
South African Poet Obakeng Makhutle’s poem titled “Hell Is a Woman Scorned” is a plead to give women the love they deserve. The poem is taken from his project Meera Me, and sees the poet draw out the different consequences of misused love using the proverb “Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned” as a backdrop.
The National Library of South Africa (NLSA) in collaboration with the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) is proud to host the annual Youth Month Poetry Slam Competition 2021! The 2021 virtual competition is in commemoration of Youth Month.
Masai Sepuru is a visual and performing artist practising in numerous disciplines of the arts including writing, painting, set design, directing and performing. He has been crowned King Of The Mic multiple times in this prestigious competition held annually for poets. In his poem, ‘Sonless Fathers’, Masai highlights the struggles of absent fathers and the series of events which usually go untold. His performance at the Word N Sound Poetry League, Season 8 sees him becoming New Age Artistry’s #PoemOfTheMonthJune