If we are to be in crisis, let us at least have poetry!!!
Kim Addonizio wrote: “Writing a poem in such times may feel like fiddling while Rome burns. Yet we’re poets. Writing is what we do in the world – or part of it anyway – and as ephemeral as it might sometimes seem, the making of poems is a necessary act, one that allies itself with hope rather than despair.”
On World Poetry Day, impepho press, in collaboration with Bridges – A PanAfrican Movement and Hear My Voice are pulling together poets and poetry lovers who are deciding to align themselves with hope rather than dispair.
World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.
Come by the Menlyn Mall Exclusive Books to hear Vangile Gantsho and Busisiwe Mahlangu’s performances. See you there at 12:30!
Date: 14 January 2020 Time: 2pm – 4pm Venue: Constitution Hill, Educational Room, Johannesburg Cost: Free RSVP: email@example.com Limited space
A collaboration between impepho press and Refilwe Nkomo
Kathy Engel is a poet who has worked for nearly forty years at the nexus between social justice movements and art/imagination. Founder of the women’s human rights group, MADRE, she has cofounded numerous other groups and projects. She is Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
vangile gantsho is a poet, healer and co-founder of impepho press. Unapologetically a black woman, she has travelled the continent and the globe participating in literary events and festivals. gantsho is the author of two poetry collections, Undressing in front of the window (2015) and red cotton (2018). She holds an MA from the University Currently Known as Rhodes (2016), and was recently named one of Mail & Guardian’s Top Young 200 South Africans of 2018.