Contributing Editor John Mateer elegizes Nelson Mandela with his English-language Xhosa praise poem.
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Deji Olukotun’s debut novel Nigerians in Space is forthcoming from Ricochet Books on 1 November 2013. Corresponding by email, we discussed his first-hand research into the illegal abalone trade, his recent trip to Haiti, and his work as Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center.
For me, as a poet, as someone wanting to rid my language of violence, I thought I must return to contemplate what can be found in this strange, ghostly English I use, to find what represents Arabic vestige and what that poetics might be.
Empathy runs rampant in this anthology named after South African polymath Sol Plaatje, translator of Shakespeare into Tswana remembered for his observations on the Boer War.
John Mateer is a complicated poet, in the best possible way. We met in London during a panel reading hosted by PEN International. Mateer’s poetry is often set in a wide variety of places, reflecting his own trajectory of upbringing and travel. His newest book, The West, collects 20 years of his poetry about Australia, and several other collections are forthcoming as well.
“Africa has always been in conversation with the West. It’s just that for a long time the resulting narrative was Eurocentric; only recently have new narratives challenged the old.” Six photographs from those new narratives.
Molossus is proud to introduce a new bimonthly column on African literature, by Mark L. Lilleleht, founding editor of African Poetry Review (USA). Lilleleht is at the forefront of contemporary African literature, and our hope is that he’ll help keep us abreast of it as well. His column will showcase and review recent books, as […]
Marlene Dumas’ paintings, sourced from a variety of found and stock images rather than life itself, boldly explore our fear of the body in a way that reminds me of B.H. Fairchild’s poetry.
Molossus is happy to announce a new feature, in partnership with World Literature Today. WLT Selections will appear monthly, as full length essays, interviews, poems, or stories selected by WLT Editor in Chief Daniel Simon from the current issue. This first story appears in the September – October issue of the magazine. >