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Quotes by Poets

“I have been writing about history, politics, identity and culture. The truth I want to highlight is that we are all human beings first, and we should strive to make that truth visible. We must challenge artificial separation, we must be able to go into our history and see how forces have separated us for their gain. We need to put always be aware of our fellow human beings and the struggles they face/faced and with awareness of our struggles faced and through that reach out. I also write for healing, and for that, I need to write about the injustice/atrocity so that I can understand what must be healed, how the injustice manifested.”

Diana Ferrus

“I believe we are chosen as poets to be scribes of spiritual permeance – to give voice to the silent song of creation as it unfolds in all directions at once. For everything is everything in the eternal moment of being one immeasurable whole: a manifestation of the Divine. Therefore poetry can unveil the truth that is embedded within the invisible and bring out the beauty of its form for all to revel in its magnificence.”

Eugene Skeef

I continuously realise how much of ourselves we shed in order to hide, make ourselves as tiny as possible so that the bits of ourselves that we think cannot "fit in" to the people we wish we could belong to can disappear. We hunch over so people can look over our heads. We quiet ourselves to avoid causing arguments or drawing too much attention to the fact that our minds think differently than acceptable. I wrote the poem "When we were left behind" as an attempt to recognise those bits of myself and find ways of reclaiming the bits that will serve me while accepting the deaths of those that no longer belong in my current season. A way of calling on spring, on rebirth to begin a new cycle of shedding once more, that which I have carried too long and should not be dragging its dead weight along.”

Khwezi Becker

“My work deals specifically with my experience with sexual assault, and through this portal, I write about race, empire, gender, and violence. I’d like to think that I’ll be exploring these themes for the rest of my career, because there is just so much to say.”

Maneo Refiloe Mohale

“Humans are complicated beings and things are hardly ever just black and white, be it about race, gender, class love or war. That if we are indeed going to view the world as black and white, as sometimes we should, we must do it consciously knowing what is it we are compromising.”

Masai Sepuru

“There is a truth, but that truth it is not one truth, but many truths. And I think that poetry is a very good way to understand that, because many times, when you read a poem and they ask you what does it mean, or what does that poem make you feel, you cannot answer only one thing, but many things —and sometimes contradictory.”

Maria Sevilla

“My truth is that if we put the effort we get better with time. Either you studying, in a relationship, playing sport or a writer but with consistent effort we eventually get better.”

Menzi Sibiya

“The responsibility of the poet in today’s society is to not maintain silence even on hazardous factors affecting humankind. We need poets who will at least cease from writing about red roses and deodorants smells even in situations where women and children are brutally raped if not murdered.”

Moses Seletisha

I'm a historian who believes in the future, so I would like to highlight that a better world is possible (somehow, together) and we are where we are because of history. Truths about power stay constructing an oppressive world, where race, gender, class, age, ability, sexual orientation, and other things determine where you are in power structures, and how you live. Where ever we are in those, we have a responsibility to collectively build a better world. Truths about the structure of the world and how we build a better one are the ones I would like to highlight.”

Sarah Godsell