n New Coin Poetry - fhedzi: iamgoingtoknowmgwalopatterns, Khulile Nxumalo : review

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0028-4459



Khulile Nxumalo's second collection of poems provides the reason why his first collection, (Deep South, 2004) was such a welcome surprise on the literary scene. In this newest collection he expands his prodigious talent, coming out in Part I of the collection with a mixture of narrative style, relying primarily on the oral traditional modes of incarnation and evocation. The first poem in the collection, 'malebo & prologue' is intriguing for someone well-versed in South African languages primarily, but also in the varieties of township slang, popular culture and songs by groups such as Mahlatini and the Mahotella Queens. The poem evolves into an invocation of salutations mainly to family members, friends and fellow poets and a bow to fellow alternative cultural groups such as 'the chimurenga people'. It is an intriguing admixture of people, friends and phenomena with no discernible narrative strand at all. And yet, for reasons best known to the human mind, it has .

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