Poetry and Resistance in the 1970’s

Keorapetse Kgositsile intertwined politics, poetry and jazz to create a unique South African literary voice that will be remembered for generations to come. Kgositsile, South Africa’s first poet laureate, died on 3 January 2018, following a short illness. He was 79.

A multitude of African poetics has populated the constantly shifting maps of Africa throughout the twentieth-century and has inhabited the history of South Africa‘s literary cultures with words of hope which have flourished in and out of South Africa in a hybrid synergy against hegemonic dominance and the language and structures of apartheid.

Last updated : 13-Feb-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Jan-2015