n New Coin Poetry - Poetry - a journey just begun : the state of South African poetry - a symposium

Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0028-4459



The suggestion that South African poetry of the millennium has lost some of the excitement generated by the passionate urges of the immediately post-liberation period is a challenging statement. While spoken word poetry is flourishing, the relative doldrums that have becalmed published poetry can be seen in the decline of anthologies and individual collections produced, as well as the crimped space now given to discussion about poetry issues in the popular cultural media, at book fairs and in university curricula. Moreover, the generation of poets who instigated the excitement of the 1990s are now older, and their favoured themes more familiar.

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