n New Coin Poetry - Twelve + One : Interviews, Mike Alfred (ed. Allan Kolski Horwitz) : book review
|Article Title||Twelve + One : Interviews, Mike Alfred (ed. Allan Kolski Horwitz) : book review|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||New Coin Poetry|
|Publication Date||Jun 2015|
|Pages||112 - 116|
Despite what the 'evangelical' title might suggest at first glance, the volume Twelve + One does not engage with the renowned prophet from Nazareth and his bunch of devoted followers, but - as the back cover providentially clarifies - with Some Jo'burg poets : their lives and poetry. Published by Botsotso in 2014 and edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz - popular wordsmith and activist, as well as deus ex machina 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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