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ZAMA MADINANA

Zama Madinana is a South African poet, based in Johannesburg. His work has appeared in The Shallow Tales Review,,East Jasmine Review, Olney, Poetry Potion, Voices of Africa and other literary publications. Zama’s work focuses mainly on love, politics and social issues. In 2021, he placed third in the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award. His poetry chapbook, Water & Lights, was published in June 2021. He has performed his poetry in various countries including Botswana, Mozambique, and Lesotho.



ILLING ROAD

the air

wears

the assorted scents

of umuthi


battle with fruits

& vegetables

on the pavement


and a tavern

coughs out

drunks

with wet gullets

but dried pockets


isiphithiphithi

buses swallowing up

black men

& women


from various

mercenary

places



BLUES FOR AN ILLEGAL MINER


it is darkness

that knows the rhythm

of your fear


it is dust

that knows the landscape

of your skin


when you face

death

straight in the eye


it is the bowels

of the earth

that know your hunger



LULLABY FOR ANOKUHLE


sweet child of the moon

resurrect the flames

of hope with your mute song

when diagnosis

creates despair

paint me love

with your silence

in this city

that knows

no peace

where tattered

black youth

are forgotten

your voice is a melody

to drown out

sounds of gunshots

in night’s rain




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