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BLACK LOVERS

The night sky is my skin
And my lover the stars
Clinging to me with ease

The deep dark ocean
Screams back at us
Stories of black lovers
Chained to each other
Loving each other in death

The dark room is my heart
And my lover,the flickering candle
filling me with light

The black love
Shared amongst black lovers
Is held together by stories too scared
to tell themselves

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Black Lovers ©Quaz Roodt

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*This poem was requested by my brother ,Marcio Januario, during our “Poem take away” session in Rio de Janeiro. Written and read right there.

 

 

Photo credits: FlUPP photographers, Kwame write and Quaz Roodt

home isThe Performance poetry scene in Johannesburg has over the last 3 years experienced such a vibrant resurgence,  it is almost impossible to ignore . With shows like WordnSound, Poetry in Orbit (Myesha Jenkins and Natalia Molebatsi), Jozi House of Poetry, Cuddle sessions and Poets in Office keeping the  flames fanned, one is hard pressed to find an excuse not to be excited. Botsosto publishers has successfully  managed to lure some of the best young performance poets to the page. Home is where the Mic is is the result

11219519_743457595762635_1585185470259233586_nThis anthology , edited by Allan Kolski Horwitz and Mandi Vundla , is a calmer reflection on the energy currently  holding the poetry landscape together. Young poets are rewriting themselves, telling new stories in new ways,  and they are  excelling in what they do. Featuring 24 poets from South Africa and other parts of the globe ,Home is where the mic is serves as a glimpse into the written work of these performers.

The anthology  features Quaz Roodt, Afurakan, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Sarah Caterpillarwings Godsell,  Ian Ewok Robinson, Vangi Gantsho, Tereska Muishond, Clinton Smith, Dickson Slammer Jammer,  Lex Lafoy and many more talented wordsmiths.

Copies can be ordered from The Poets themselves, at various shows around the country or via the Botsotso publishers website.

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”This film examines how spoken word poetry serves as a vehicle through which young black male poets in Johannesburg re-imagine stereotypical representations of black masculinities in mainstream cinema and popular media” Belinda K. Shange

Starring

Donald The Neosapien, Quaz Roodt and Mutle Mothibe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lesego Motsepe & Quaz (African writers conference 2012)

I remember

We were traveling.

The sun spilled out of your mouth

Laughter danced In your eyes.

 

On the balcony

Bodies full of tomorrows.

God rested on our skin

Life and love under our Fingernails.

You encouraged us

to scratch away our weak selves.

 

We watched the sunrise

Prepared our hands and feet

For the road ahead

Minds soaked in ideas for the future

But then…

 

Now…

I find myself swaying between

Bob Marley shots to the heart

and celestial pool games.

That sinking feeling

When a star implodes

Silence, darkness.

 

And then…

Memory blossoms.

The sun spills out of our mouths

Laughter spills out of our eyes

As we drown in the light of your memory.

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Natalia Molebatsi and Quaz (Poetry Africa 2013)

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Natalia Molebatsi and Quaz (Likwid Tongue;Comrades on the mic)

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Natalia Molebatsi and Quaz(Poetry Africa 2013)

I’m still too young…

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Quazism

Baby rests uneasy
Barb wire cradle
More rocking
Side to side
Metal crashing lullaby
For this sweet child

Ears bleed
Diaper yearns for change
New born flesh decomposes
Flies and maggots
Eaten alive by life

Coat hanger
Innocence ripped out
Baby rests uneasy
Amongst the garbage
flies…
and sun rays

This poem is linked to @dversePoets: Poetics(undercurrents)

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