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Hungry on Arrival

by Kabelo Mofokeng

‘My collection embraces different kinds of poetry. Some poems come via my home in Pimville Soweto, the urban sounds and multilingual speech patterns as I move through it. Other poems draw on Sesotho culture and tradition, which still run strongly in my family, and  at times, I integrate the different kinds of sounds and associations of Sesotho and English in the same poem. Another important aspect is my retracing the rural and forgotten footsteps of Mzanzis legendary artists, in the same way that Zim Ngqwana's Abomagoduka narrates the journey of men leaving their homesteads to seek work in the mines and cities. I believe poetry like jazz, allows one to knock on the void of silence. In this way I celebrate the lives of artists and poets such as Mafika Gwala, Jackson Hlungwani, Kippie ‘Morolong’ Moeketsi and Fana Zulu.  Other poems are dense and self-reflective in the manner of Arthur Nortjie or Angifi Dladla.’ (Kabelo Mofokeng)

ISBN 9781990922589 | 102 pages | 244 x 170mm | B/W Illustrations | 2023 | Botsotso Publishing , South Africa | Paperback

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