n New Coin Poetry - Twelve + One : Interviews, Mike Alfred (ed. Allan Kolski Horwitz) : book review

Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0028-4459



Despite what the 'evangelical' title might suggest at first glance, the volume does not engage with the renowned prophet from Nazareth and his bunch of devoted followers, but - as the back cover providentially clarifies - with Published by Botsotso in 2014 and edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz - popular wordsmith and activist, of Botsotso - the book is a collection of interviews with some of the most prominent representatives of the Johannesburg poetry scene. Embellished with remarkable sketches of the poets, which appear both in their profiles and on the book cover (as a collage), the book features 7 male poets (Meintjies, Muila, Patel, Murcott, Ngwenya, Kolski Horwitz and Alfred) and 6 female poets (Fox, Yaa de Villiers, Dendy, Masango, Xaba, Vundla); two of them are under 30 (Masango and Vundla).

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