Halala Madiba: Nelson Mandela in Poetry

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A broad spectrum of poets—including Tupac Shakur, Ntozake Shange, and Seamus Heaney—pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in this collection that stretches from Mandela’s imprisonment in 1963 to his 87th birthday in 2005. Nearly 100 poems from 25 countries reflect Mandela’s widespread influence, recognizing the passion he inspires and celebrating his legacy of antiapartheid actions.

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Overview

A broad spectrum of poets—including Tupac Shakur, Ntozake Shange, and Seamus Heaney—pay tribute to Nelson Mandela in this collection that stretches from Mandela’s imprisonment in 1963 to his 87th birthday in 2005. Nearly 100 poems from 25 countries reflect Mandela’s widespread influence, recognizing the passion he inspires and celebrating his legacy of antiapartheid actions.

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Editorial Reviews

African Review of Books
Numerous small gestures of creativity are united between the covers of this book, to great effect.
Financial Times
The collection offers a novel insight into Mandela's extraordinary significance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780955233906
  • Publisher: Aflame Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bartlett is a journalist, a literary critic, and the editor of the African Review of Books. Morakabe Raks Seakhoa heads the wRite Associates, a public relations agency in the arts field. He formerly worked for the Congress of South African Writers.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     11
Preface     14
Introduction     19
1963: On The Island   Dennis Brutus     24
1964: Rivonia   Hamish Henderson     26
1968: Robben Island   Robert Dederick     28
1970: from Questions and Answers   Arthur Nortje     29
1971   Keorapetse Kgositsile     30
The Detribalised   Oswald Mtshali     31
1974: Mandela   Ilva MacKay     34
And I Watch it in Mandela   John Matshikiza     35
1976 from the Cape to Rio   Breyten Breytenbach     36
Rivonia   Gerrit Fourie     38
1977: Ever Since My Friend Nelson Mandela Went to Live on Robben Island   Jose Craveirinha     39
1979: Soweto   Kamau Brathwaite     42
Bombs   Fhazel Johennesse     51
1980: Robben Island   Dennis Brutus     52
Mandela   Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye'     53
Echo of Mandela   Zindzi Mandela     59
1981: Please Keep Your Children Under Control Carl Niehaus     61
1982: Robben island my cross my house   FrankAnthony     64
The ABC Jig   Mafika Gwala     95
It A Come   Michael Smith     97
1983: Death Row   Jeremy Cronin     99
A song for Mandela   Don Mattera     104
Nothing New in the South   Albino Magaia     105
1985: Mister Mandela   Lee Maracle     106
Nelson Mandela   Jofre Rocha     107
Mandela   Leite de Vasconcelos     108
1986: Soweto   Emyr Edwards     109
Hero of Heroes   Vernon February     111
Well, good morning...   Emyr Lewis     112
Madiba   Morakabe 'Raks' Seakhoa     114
1987: To Nelson Mandela   Benjamin Abialo     116
Like a Field of Love Adonis     117
You Whom I Call!...   F.G. Mavoungou Badinga     118
The Burnt Hut   Thomas Bissambou     119
Why?   Jose Craveirinha     120
Canto Three: Civil War Cantos   Peter Horn     121
Nostalgia for a Country$dDurumurali Innocent     123
Mandela the African   Leopold Pindy Mamonsono     124
Death by Apathy   M.A. Samuels     126
Passages: Earth Space   Ntozake Shange     127
Azania Burns   Diarra B. Tieco     129
Poem to the Southern Wind   Armindo Vaz d'Almeida     130
1988: Mandela   J.P. Clark     131
For Mandela   Karen Davis     133
Letter to a Political Prisoner   Patrick Galvin     134
Small Passing   Ingrid de Kok     136
from Elegy for Johnny   Lindiwe Mabuza     138
To Nelson Mandela   Joao Maimona     140
To Nelson Mandela   Federico Mayor     141
To Mandela   Andries Walter Oliphant     142
1989: Xhosa Chief, Nelson Mandela$dGolden     145
Ah! Rolihlahla!   Nogqaza we Jojo     148
Ode to My Father   Zindzi Mandela     156
Ballad of Robben Island Gaol   Nancy Morejon     157
Can I Get a Witness Here   Sipho Sepamla     159
Your Logic Frightens Me, Mandela   Wole Soyinka     162
Like Rudolf Hess, The Man Said!   Wole Soyinka     165
To Nelson Mandela   Thani      169
Birth Day Party   Mary Ann Williams     170
1990: A Poem for Nelson Mandela   Elizabeth Alexander     172
Testament for the First Accused   Abena P.A. Busia     173
Release, February 1990   Lynne Bryer     179
Praise Poems of the African National Congress   Keith Gottschalk     181
from The Cure at Troy   Seamus Heaney     185
Mandela's Freedom   Shumon Momen     187
from Rap 25   Lesego Rampolokeng     188
Haiku 112   Kalamu ya Salaam     190
Liberty Needs Glasses   Tupac Shakur     191
1991: Hail, Dalibunga!   Bongani Sitole     192
1992: Nelson   Roger Brirely     194
Boipatong   Barry Feinberg     195
Where is the Freedom for Which We Died?   Chris Mann     201
1994: Tamed   Tatamkhulu Afrika     203
The Long-Distance South African   Denis Hirson     206
A New Africa   Daluxolo Hoho     213
Departure from the Isle of Torments (Mandela's musings)   Mazisi Kunene     217
First Election   Kelwyn Sole      218
1995: Who Dun It?   Benjamin Zephaniah     226
1996: South Africa: Memorial Wall   Cherry Clayton     229
Killing memory   Haki R. Madhubuti     231
1997: Haiku   Jan Bontje     236
Causality and Chance in Love   Karen Press     237
1998: Macbeth   Liz Cashdan     239
If I Woz a Tap-Natch Poet   Linton Kwesi Johnson     240
from Ogoni   Femi Ojo-Ade     243
1999: Invisible Ink   Mike Barlow     245
Evidence of Ancestry   Barry Feinberg     246
2000: To Nelson Mandela: A Tribute   Andrew Motion     249
2001: Mandela Dead and Alive   Edouard Maunick     250
2002: Angels and Oracles   Michele Leggott     260
2003: Fratres (Taking You with Me)   Jen Hadfield     263
The Many Faces of Whitey   Allan Kolski Horwitz     265
2004: Confessions at Noon 2   Jekwu Ikeme     268
When Mandela Goes   Sandile Ngidi     269
New Year in Cape Town   David Nicol     270
from History is the Home Address   Mongane Wally Serote     272
2005: Mandela's Cell   Chris Mann     279
Glossary     280
Biographies of Poets and Translators     285
Index of poems by poet     293
Acknowledgements     295
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