Art and Culture

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In Prison

By Obey Chiyangwa We sleep on thin sagging legs,wobbling, weary-sodden sticks,we still fall fast asleep while afoot,very scary dreams on our sore feet,bunk beds are for seniors in rank,the chamber pot is a serious stink,food morsels are coarse and stale,they trickle the bluish-grey of bile,our cell floors remain water-logged,we swim both the foul and the … Continue reading

Upclose and Personal with Zimbabwean writer, Tafadzwa Lemuel Chiwanza

“I was born a writer…”Zimbabwean Author and poet, Edward Dzonze aka NRS (NamelesRadioStation) , talks to fast rising writer and poet Tafadzwa Lemuel Chiwanza on the inaugral edition of Monday Morements which seeks to bring the writers closer to their readers NRS :Welcome to the inaugral edition of Monday Morements Tafadzwa.In brief, who is this … Continue reading

More confused than amused – a poem

More confused than amused, a poem by Xolani Somaca, Constance van Niekerk and Shaka Ndlovu.
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Aluta time

Candles on the candelabra burned out
forming waxy mountains around their feet,

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A Love like this

A Poetic Conversation between Constance van Niekerk and Edward Dzonze Continue reading

Distant lover

Distant Lover – Poem by Constance van Niekerk Continue reading

Graffiti Portrait

When the sun gets hot, the shepherd sips the tears of his flock

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leaving (to the emigrant)

sometimes leaving is not easy,it’s different from when the baby cries all nightand you pick a stray blanket and pillowto find a space for your tired body on the couch.with this kind of leaving you have to un-cremate memories,make them live and tag along with you,make them lug the landscapes that make them realto paste … Continue reading

It just might be love

A poem by Constance van Niekerk ©2019 From a distanceIt looks like loveSending each otherEvery love emoji in the phone 😍Cyber hugs 🤗Cyber kisses 😘Who knew of their existence 🤷It just might be love ❤️ From a distanceIt looks promisingNothing can dampen the spiritsPerhaps except a low battery🔋And the frequent loadsheddingThat can really be frustrating!Love … Continue reading

Life-line for SA street poet

Social media users will recall the image of a young woman sitting on a tyre on the side of the road, with a banner proclaiming: “Help Me Publish My Book”. The picture was posted on Facebook for the first time on 23 July, by Confidence Mukhari (25) elias Nyiko Yaka Shilumani, of Phalaborwa in Limpopo, … Continue reading

A Season of Grief

Tell me,What it is like, on the other side…where the stream of consciousnessceases to flow and silence ensueswhere thoughts of shared joy andsorrow, song and verse,are carefully tucked awayin memoryburying it all in a sandy heap,where ‘nothing’ reigns andeverything is forgotten,And Youinto ‘The Fading Sun’ you disappearleaving behind a trail ofblank-verse, whispering…‘I Don’t Know Why … Continue reading

South African museum fund-raising to keep doors open

South African museum, District Six is feeling the dire impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and is urgently seeking for funding to keep its doors open. Due to the restrictions on travel and the movement restrictions during lock down, the museum was not able to generate any income. District Six has re-opened to staff from the … Continue reading

Pan African Writers Association holds a virtual literary discourse to celebrate International Literacy Day

The Pan African Writers Association (P.A.W.A) on Tuesday held a virtual meeting in celebration of International Literacy Day (ILD). The 2 hour meeting was hosted by the P.A.W.A Secretary-General, DR. Wale Okediran. Speakers were Ghanaian multi-award winner, Ruby Goka,  and Moise Izabiriza, a Rwandan visual artist. The virtual meeting which started at 3 pm GMT, … Continue reading

The world celebrates ILD

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has launched a Covid-19 Children’s Story Book in celebration of International Literacy Day (ILD) in collaboration with the National Library of South Africa(NLSA) and the Pan South African Language Board(PanSALB). This year’s ILD theme is, “Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond”, especially on … Continue reading

Zimbabwe’s literary giant has fallen!

This is precisely what my brother’s life was all about. His pen, paper and the elite people around him!!!! His works will forever be cherished long after he’s gone.

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Connie V

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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