Home Events 26th Poetry Africa Satyagraha Revisited | Online Poetry Reading


Oct 15 2022


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Satyagraha Revisited | Online Poetry Reading

eThekwini was, for a time, home to the incomparable Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It was during his time in this city that he began to develop the principles of ‘Satyagraha’, which, when loosely translated into English, means soul force. This force is the negation of violent forms of force, and it is strengthened by firmly holding on to goodness and truth to bring about change in the self and change in the world. The poets who have been generous enough to present their work in this session have carried forth the encoding of this non-violent form of resistance and protest. Their work gently and subtly invites you to deeply observe the narratives that stitch themselves around us daily, and to think about where care, empathy and love have been removed, and where humanity can be restored.


We invited them to come together on our virtual stage and echo, respond to, engage with, interrogate and/or disrupt the framing theme of this year’s festival | Poetic (In)Justice: Voices That Breathe, Move and Transform.


We look forward to taking a journey down the serene side of poetic activism and exploring how this approach can be radical too!

Host: Quaz Roodt
Featured Poets: Salimah Valiani (SA/Canadian), Zizipho Bam (South Africa), Nondwe Mpuma (South Africa), Mitja Lovse (Slovenia), Jonathan Tucker (US)