ISBN 9780994708144
Pages 72
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Botsotso Publishing , South Africa
Format Paperback

Oncoming Traffic

by Maakomele R. Manaka

The traffic mainly reflects the silence in the author’s personal conflicts, meaning, writing what he cannot say, fusing different styles and tones from the lyrical to the surreal to strip himself down to the vulnerable marrow. As such, this collection of poetry grapples with issues he has struggled with on a daily basis: firstly, what it means to be man when raised by a woman; secondly, his relationship with himself as a man with a physical disability; and lastly, as a black man dealing with the reality of living in a dysfunctional society.

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About the Author

Maakomele R. Manaka

Maakomele R. Manaka is a Soweto born poet with a strong artistic heritage. Mak, as he is widely known, has published three collections of poetry If Only (self published, 2003. Edited by Don Mattera) and In Time (Geko,2009. Edited by Andrew Miller) and Flowers Of A Broken Smile (Inksword, 2016); two of which have been translated into Italian and German. His writings have appeared in literary journals and news papers globally and in South Africa. He also recorded a dub-poetry album titled, Word Sound Power. Manaka has been invited to perform his poetry at various literary festivals locally and abroad, from Soweto to Spain, Cuba, Jamaica, Lesotho, Botswana, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and at the inauguration of former president Mr. Thabo Mbeki; he also performed for the late Mr. Nelson Mandela.