We, the people

We, the people of South Africa, declare, for all our country and the world to hear, that this land of … Read More

Lunch and the good man

Every six weeks or so, I meet for lunch with David Friedland and Peter Horszowski. We’ve formalized these lunches by … Read More

W.E. Henley

The poems in Africa! My Africa! were written by Africans or about Africa, in the broadest sense, or with just … Read More

Western Union poem

This morning I sent money to a friend living in Zimbabwe. Normally, I do this through Western Union at American … Read More

Mike Nicol as poet

Africa! My Africa! includes five haunting poems by Mike Nicol who is best known as a journalist and acclaimed author … Read More

Tatamkhulu Afrika

  Some years ago, I visited Tatamkhulu Afrika, seeking permission to include his poem Shaman in the anthology Africa! My … Read More

Homage to Stephen Watson

Africa! My Africa! is dedicated to Stephen Watson, South African poet and essayist extraordinaire 1954-2011, whose work I first met … Read More

I have a dream

I have a dream to launch a sailing ship loaded with a cargo of children’s books, books that will: Empower … Read More

A true story

One recent Saturday, mid-morning in Villiersdorp, I watched a group of inebriated farm workers gathered at the bottle store, having … Read More