ISBN 9780994710468
Pages 82
Dimensions 203 x 133mm
Published 2019
Publisher Deep South, South Africa
Format Paperback

a naked bone

by Mangaliso Buzani

Mangaliso Buzani was awarded African Poetry Book Fund’s 2019 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, for this collection a naked bone.

In simple vocabulary a naked bone describes complex states of beauty and suffering, often at the borderline where life meets death. In their dreamlike rhythms and images, the poems draw strength from Xhosa culture, Christianity, and elements of nature. They are love poems in the widest sense, embracing the interface between daily life and the spiritual, enacting joy and caring in the face of deprivation and mourning.

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About the Author

Mangaliso Buzani

Mangaliso Buzani grew up in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, and later trained as a jeweller in Tshwane. His first collection Ndisabhala Imibongo (Imbizo, 2014) written in isiXhosa, won the 2015 SALA award for poetry. Buzani teaches poetry in English and isiXhosa in the MA in Creative Writing programme at Rhodes University. 

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