n New Coin Poetry - Are we 'happening' or are we a back(side)water? : the state of South African poetry - a symposium

Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0028-4459



Like so much in South African literature (and in every other sphere of our lives), poetry is conditioned as much by class, colour and language as by imagination, intellect, love of word play and a desire to explore new forms. And this being the case, our fragmented history - a narrative of settlement, conquest, domination and now post-colonial disenchantment - is reflected in every poetry platform, magazine, anthology and website. This is with regard to which poets are presented and/or published, the predominant themes and styles they choose, as well as the politics, identity and predispositions of the editors.

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