‘mamaseko

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‘mamaseko

Thabile Makue

African Poetry Book Series

144 pages

Paperback

March 2020

978-1-4962-1960-2

$17.95 Pre-order

About the Book

Named after the poet’s mother, ‘mamaseko is a collection of introspective lyrics and other poems dealing with the intersections of blood relationships and related identities. Thabile Makue questions what it means to be beings of blood—to relate by blood, to live by blood. In her poems Makue looks for traces of shared trauma and pain and asserts that wounds of the blood are healed by the same.
 

Author Bio

Thabile Makue is a South African healer, facilitator, and writer at AfroElle magazine. She was the 2016–17 Current State of Poetry National South African Slam champion. Her debut collection, i know how to fix myself, was released in 2017 by the African Poetry Book Fund as part of their New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set Nne. Her work has been included in multiple journals as well as 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent.
 

Table of Contents

li teboho    

mali
maseko    
giving birth to my mother    
unborn    
inside    
outside    
the bondage    
the daughter’s inheritance    
her mother’s loss    
the children’s right    
giving birth to my father    
grandmother’s womb    
blood crowing    
uncreation    

‘mele
and these are eyes    
and these are lips    
and this is nose    
and this is tongue    
and these are ears    
and this is heart    
‘mele oa bobeli
root body    
year body    
blood body    
time body    
too many body    
fight body    
wound body    

naha
not to die alone    
refugee bones    
mantsoe    
before the next one    
aragonda out of battle    

secheso
passage    
mollo    
marriage distress signal    
church womxn    
the wailers    
hush now baby    
close    
the handmaid’s psalm    

popelo
gray mountain    
sunset    
sunrise    
moonlight    
starlet    
to be wind    
river border bosoms    
the purge i    
drought    
the flood    
the purge ii    

bolokoe
peppermint girl    
hungry belly universe    
those hungry girls    

pheko
aragonda    
not to forget    
grandmother’s marriage    
to torch    
apology to sara    
the patch up    
the rot the peace    
where does love go    
the hunger    
not to love you    
baleful heart    

phupjane
april    
phato    
may wrists    
wait    
end ballade    
roof top blue    
end haunt    
body over water    
end year    

li teboho    
glossary    

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