If I could sing: selected poems
Kwela in association with Snailpress, Plumstead, South Africa, 2002 - Poetry - 102 pages
South African poet Keorapetse "Willie" Kgositsile has selected 69 poems from six previously published collections as well as new work. The poems, written over four decades, many while in exile, explore a wide spectrum of emotions and a need to participate in the struggle to liberate the poet's land of birth. In the stunning original rhythms of the poems, the subtle influence of jazz and the Setswana language, the poet's mother tongue, can be heard.
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Amandla anguish appetite aspire baobab beauty belly bind birth blood bloodsong bloodstains breath brother Brown is Black celebrants colour comrades dead death desire dreamkeeper drum Duma elegance enemy evil exile father fire FIRE DANCE flames flower giantstep grin hands hear heart hideous hustler impotence John Coltrane kana know no dance Kotanekind land laugh laughter live Mali Malome Mayibuye memory monsters mother mourn move never nigger night nightmare ocean pain past peace penny buy piercing poem Poet leave praised rainbow rancid remember rhythm ride the storm road say yes Say you float Seaparankoe searching shadow Sharpeville silences sing a song sister slave slow sadness smithereens song of love sons and daughters soul South Africa SOWETO spirit stench summertime talk tears I lack tell thigh things tongue trampled underfoot TUNIS UZBEKISTAN voice walk want to sing white shit wind wise old woman womb word young