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Dark Lines of History

Poems

by Sithembele Isaac Xhegwana

I am a ventriloquist who uses both the Bible and oracle cards to dig into people’s pasts, present and futures. For personal purposes, I also occasionally throw bones. I translate some of these ‘rare moments’ into poems that not only offer personal healing but also serve as media through which I transverse alternative worlds of thoughts. This collection is a creative engagement with my Xhosa heritage from both personal and historical perspectives. That is the platform that Dark Lines of History utilizes, a creative ownership of both individual and collective histories.
This poetry collection recently won South Africa's Avbob national poetry prize competition.

ISBN 9781779314925  | 82 pages | 210 x 148mm | 2023 | Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe | Paperback

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