Category: Poetry

“Making that album was like a cleansing” By: Michiel van Oosterhout

He taught singer Bobby Brown African lullabies and saw Richie Havens perform his anthem ‘Freedom’ at the legendary 1969 Woodstock music festival. Long before Wasswa Birigwa became a household name in Ugandan business and politics, he was a celebrated musician both in his home country and the United States. In the early 1970’s he released an Afro-American folk jazz album...

Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen Tatour

Arresting a Palestinian for publishing a political poem is extraordinary. Having to prove at trial that police mistranslated her poem is nothing short of surreal. By Yoav Haifawi Dareen Tatour at the Nazareth Magistrates Court. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) It has been nearly a year and a half since Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was arrested in her home in northern Israel for...

Peter Tosh’s resistance against racism, apartheid and settler-colonialism

March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. A notable cultural icon in the struggle against racism is Jamaican reggae artiste Peter Tosh. He was an internationalist and linked the fight of Africans against racism, settler-colonialism and apartheid in Southern Africa with the struggle of the Palestinians against Zionism and Israeli apartheid. March 21 was the 57th...

The Collapse of a Titan by Rais Neza Boneza

    Near madness, Strangled in the North, the Equator-– Ngbadolite, Ngemena, to the Ubangui border-– In the center, Tetela land–– Kisangani, Bunia–– In the south, the land of copper, Katanga, Cornered on all sides, deprived country, Following the indomitable flows of its destiny.   Screams are so deep, Yet the silence around, so guilty. Today, his ride is clothed...

Grandpa, what do you make of the killings in Paris? By Cameron Duodu

I used to hop across the road and bring her home from school.We would have lunch together.I enthused her so much about Ghanaian food that on the first occasion she visited Ghana and she was asked by the hotel staff what she wanted for breakfast, she replied: “Fufu and soup!”She was bemused when they laughed at the idea. But they...

House Arrest & Disobedience, Smallberry Press, 2015, London UK. ISBN 978-0993031519

  The poems in this book are powerful messages about the cruelty and violence, often hidden and denied, in families, communities and countries. Although Grover is rooted in his own Indian culture there is a painful universality about the revelations in his poems. He travels from the intimacy of the bedroom to the assumption of male superiority in community to...