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  • A vision of nothing

    By Ross Fleming
    I am oddly contentjust riding round insmall circles vocalisingvague unwords at myselfmy fairy wheels semireliably affixed by mysometimes present fatherand the bullies all offelsewhere
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    • WRITING
  • The work series Aesthetics of Security derives from a longer stay in Johannesburg, South Africa. The city has still one of the highest crime
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    • AUDIOVISUAL
  • Chicken

    By Karen Jennings
    That was where we saw the chicken being eaten by another. It had been hit by a car, that first one. The second, coming
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    • POETRY
  • Cosmo's Return

    By Frank Meintjies
    Cosmo was released from prison after three years. Talent, called such because he was a former soccer player of great renown, met him for
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    • WRITING
  • I have discovered I prefer to walk with it tucked safely beneath my descending aorta – to me, it is the last bit of comfort
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    • WRITING
  • Escaping the Grid

    By Martin Gantman
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    • AUDIOVISUAL
  • Happiness

    By fabio sassi
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    • AUDIOVISUAL
  • How Are You Brother? Amen.

    By Mapule Mohulatsi
    How Are You Brother? Amen. It was 4p.m when the yellow van arrived, and I was glad. The Sunday breeze was slightly tinged with
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    • WRITING
  • If one were to look

    By Sheikha A.
    If one were to look backon how the present resulted,there would be a track of wheelson the throat of kindness. Forthe lump that shrivelled
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    • WRITING
  • The future of Africa does not belong to obsessions with power and sloganeering like “Down with the West, down with the detractors, down with
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    • WRITING
  •  “dubula lenja!”splattering all over the lens, SABC news crew left bewildered, his words were so violent that they hurt delivered with such a ferocity
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    • WRITING
  • Pepi's Awakening

    By Ahmed Patel
    When Pepi awoke from what she thought was a short nap, she was surprised to see what appeared to be a thick layer of
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    • WRITING
  • Peripheral

    By Jo-Ann Bekker
    She pays attention but she doesn’t see. She has an astigmatism her contact lenses don’t correct. She can’t use her camera properly, can’t see
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    • WRITING
  • Sawubona

    By Sihle Ntuli
    literally translated to mean ‘i see you’   following with the eye  the stream filling mind with water  with this in mind as a
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    • WRITING
  • Soentjie's Song

    By Denise Y. Fielding
    1 The drought was grievous.   It clung to men’s hearts and hung from their faces.   Silence lay heavy.   No chirp of crickets.   No bird
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    • WRITING
  • 1 Charity remains the most violent And lasting Form of colonialism.   2 No gift comes without A future request.   3 When people
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    • WRITING
  • One – She wore her nakedness too well, it scared me. Two – Her breasts were a monument; a single one covered my universe whole - it
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    • WRITING
  • The Art of Aldous

    By Lumumba Mthembu
    Fool? Nutter? Brucker? Thus I have been christened. It will have to do; it might as well have been any other way. However, a
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    • WRITING
  • Winner of the Deon Hofmeyr creative writing prize1. If there’s one thing I hate most it’s being interrupted mid-beer. I’m sitting outside at MaBliksem’s
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    • WRITING
  • An elaborate classical Roman arch frames Raphael's School of Athens (1509-1510), behind which three more arches advance towards a vanishing point; focusing the viewer's
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    • WRITING
  • Watching the Sky

    By Karen Fitzgerald
    Vision is a wide-reaching concept. With this piece, I'm merging the physical/literal idea of vision, (as in seeing) with the idea of en-visioning. Watching
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:11

Some things about this year.

By 
1

Charity remains the most violent

And lasting

Form of colonialism.

 

2

No gift comes without

A future request.

 

3

When people say, it is

From the Lord, know that

They will be asking something

Of you soon.

 

4

The people that hated Fidel

While he was alive

Will still hate him

When he is dead.

 

5

There will always be

One impimpi

One Judas

One family member

One flesh and blood

Like you

 

6

Newspapers say state capture

Began under Zuma.

History shows state capture

Began in 1652

When van Riebeeck arrived.

It’s also known

As colonialism.

 

7

People are braver in crowds.

At home they can change

The channels

To soap operas

And sport.

 

8

The Nobel Prize for literature

And the literary system

Of awards

And hierarchies

Does not affect

The quality of your writing

Nor the essence of what

You say

Nor is it strictly useful

To your content

Or even your readers'

Lives.

You will miss

The fact of your

Unimportance

Afterwards.

 

Still so many crave for it

And the violent gaze

Of recognition

Subconsciously

Do we want a knighthood

Too?

 

9

For every poem / poetic line

There will be ten

Exaggerated hashtags

 

10

For every original hashtag

There will be one hundred commercial

Adaptations.

 

11

People still think sport

Is the greatest nation builder

In our spectator democracy

Followed of course

By special holidays

 

12

Before the revolution gets underway

The powers that be

Have already changed their outfits

And are leading

The revolution

Against themselves

Staging

A surprisingly peaceful

Takeover.

 

 

13

People do not have fun

In learning.

Things that are not fun

Become violent

Starting with

The heated words

Of our egos

 

14

Learning should be free. 

Data should be free, as it is

Another gateway to the book

Of the world.

Even the instagram pics

Have their own

Reality conveyed

The sharp points

Of captured light

And delineations of form

And the passing colour of

Being alive

Which can’t be summarised

In theses

But are found

With other realisations

The almost mundane

Beautiful insights

In the fourth dimension

Of all things

Suspended in the seemingly

Infinite

Online

 

15

Most importantly, living itself

Should be free 

Followed immediately

By a permanent home

With a name suggesting

We are here to stay        

Living  

And at times  

In love.

 

16

While modern art

Discusses the theory

And pictures are based

On a theory instead of

A theory based

On what is actuality

People take selfies

In varying perspectives

Of the miracle

Of light

Not thinking of the

Overused words

Truth and beauty

Or worse

Immortality.

 

17

Hatred will continue

In new forms

Long after the flashy

Takeover of all old

Ideas

And the rebranding

Of the dictatorship.

 

18

Be here

Look out the window

Everyday

Get out the house

Be on the street

Walk from place to place

An exile from every

Complacent truth

Awareness of your

Loneliness

Has its rewards

When you get back

Eat your phutu and black tea

Use words that describe

This actuality

Rather

Than start using your friends

Euphemisms.

 

19

A house without walls

Poetry

Is still the only place

I can stay in you

And not have to

Pay rent

Or dictate

Our lives

Or be

Dictated too.

 

20

Write about

Things you know

Know about

Things you write.

 

21

 

Language itself never does anything bad

To anyone.

We do it

With our open mouths

 

22

The trends will come and go

But the washing never ends.
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Kyle Allan

Kyle Allan is a 29 year old poet, recording artist and events organiser. He has published a book of poetry, " House without walls" in 2016 and in 2013 released an album titled " Influences". He has organised numerous events including most recently the UHAF ( Underberg Himeville Arts Festival) fest in 2016 in the southern Drakensberg.