Viewing page 6 of 7


Transcription: [00:11:04]
no matter state what we may be. Finally a look into Southern African English poetry.
As a result of the South African struggle over the past ten to fifteen years, you have this kind of great awakening. This mass of African, southern African writers, writing in a protest kind of form.

Because of that struggle there, poets writing in this vein, personals like L.D. Raditladi of Botswana, B.W. Vilakazi of South Africa, Vernon February of South Africa, Daniel Kunene of South Africa.
But the most respected South or Southern African poet is probably Dennis Brutus. Brutus's poetry reflects the-the epitome of the protest found in other Southern African poetry writers.
An example, here's a poem from Brutus's work, one of his many volumes, we take this one from the volume called Poem.
In this particular poem Brutus talks about the suffering that the Southern African has to endure, but he adds the fact that among the native Southern Africans the tenderness still survives.

{SPEAKER name="Kuojo Yelekepala"}
Somehow we survive
and tenderness, frustrated, does not wither
investigating searchlights rake
our naked unprotected contours;
boots club the peeling door.
But somehow we survive
severance, deprivation, loss.
Patrols uncoil along the asphalt dark
hissing their menace to our lives,
most cruel, all our land is scarred with terror,
rendered unlovely and unlovable;
sundered are we and all our passionate surrender
but somehow tenderness survives.

{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
And again in the Southern African English poetry the element of the individual

Transcription Notes:
poem reader name from outro

Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact