Lament for Kofifi Macu


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Angifi Dladla is a poet and playwright who writes in both English and Zulu. He is the author of eight plays and a poetry book in Zulu titled Uhambo. For many years he has been a writing teacher and director of Femba Writing Project, publishing school and prison newspapers, and the anthologies Wa lala, Wa sala and Reaching Out: Voices from Groenpunt Maximum-Security Prison. Lament for Kofifi Macu is Angifi Dladla's first collection of poems in English since The Girl Who Then Feared To Sleep (2001).



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Published 29 December 2017
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2017 © Angifi Proctor Dladla ISBN: 978-0-9947104-1-3 ebook ISBN: 978-1-928476-27-6 Deep South Distributed in South Africa by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press Distributed worldwide by African Books Collective PO Box 721, Oxford, OX1 9EN, UK Deep South acknowledges the financial assistance of the National Arts Council for the production of this book
Earlier versions of some of the poems have appeared inDonga,LitNet,Southernrainpoetry, Poetry International,New Coin,BotsotsoandThe Common.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to Chakida Publishers for permission to reprint “The Nurse’s Eulogy” fromWa lala, Wa salaand to Kwela Books to reprint “She Became the Mother Again” fromNobody Ever Said AIDS. Cover design: Liz Gowans and Robert Berold Text design and layout: Liz Gowans Cover photograph: Andrew Tshabangu – Bucket, Kettle, Stove on the Floor (2008)
For my friends – Mpumi Beyers, Maren Bodenstein, Bongekile Mashefane and Ramonne Mogale, who read some of the poems or saw some of the performances and gave me insights.
For our children and their children’s children.
For you who are meeting me for the first time – our meeting is not an accident.
Reptiles Son from Dukathole Sacrifice A Short Man Phrrr A Great Dance Khensani I Failed My Children Someone Little Thing Last Night When I’m Gone
S’busiso The Chicken Vendor Girl from X’pilongo Dog at a Shebeen Letter to My Science Teacher Belated O Yesterday Prayer in a Church Toilet Prayer of the New Black Man Prayer of the Wounded Who Shall Bury Us? She Became the Mother Again When the Priest Preaches Lament for Kofifi Macu The Nurse’s Eulogy Seven Soldiers Laughed on Christmas Day Song of Eza Kwakho
The Birth of Phola Park Sailing to Leper Island These People Here Something the Dead Know Poet’s Report to Fifa A People’s Constituency
Marikana Chorus Happy Birthday Bayede Visitation Notes on the poems