Copyright Acknowledgements

The editors are grateful to the following for permission to reproduce material: Jeff Opland and the Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature for Nontsizi Mgqwetho’s ‘They’re Stealing our Cattle on Misty Plains!’ (published in Women Writing Africa: the Southern Region); Dr Donald Francisco Mattera for Don Mattera’s ‘Bad News’ and ‘The Big Move’ (published in Memory is the Weapon); Sipho Sepamla Junior for Sipho Sepamla’s ‘To Whom it May Concern” (published in Black Poets in South Africa), ‘The Start of a Removal’ and ‘Detention’ (published in Selected Poems: Sipho Sepamla); Fhazel Johennesse for Fhazel Johennesse’s ‘Living in a Flat in Eldorado Park’ (published in Modern South African Poetry) and ‘A Young Man’s Thoughts Before June 16th’ (published in Poetry Works: A Workbook Anthology for Students & Teachers, Volume 1); Ronnie Kasrils for ANC Khumalo’s ‘Before Interrogation?’ and ‘Assurance from the Justice Minister’ (published in Poets to the People); Andries Oliphant for Andries Oliphant’s ‘When Scavengers Descend’ (published in The Vita Anthology of New South African Short Fiction); Zubeida Jaffer for an extract from Zubeida Jaffer’s Our Generation; Mongane Wally Serote for Mongane Wally Serote’s ‘City Johannesburg’, ‘White People are White People’, ‘My Brother in the Streets’, and ‘What’s in this Black Shit’; Johnson & Alcock LTD for Bessie Head’s ‘The Prisoner Who Wore Glasses’ (published in Tales of Tenderness and Power); Tony Brutus for Dennis Brutus’s ‘Today in Prison’ (published in Poets to the People); Mandla Langa, and the Langa family, for Ben J Langa’s ‘For My Brothers (Mandla and Bheki) in Exile’ (published in The Return of the Amasi Bird: Black South African Poetry, 1891-1981); to Jacana Media for Eric Miyeni’s “My Life” (published in Miyeni, Eric. O’Mandingo! Before Mandela was Mandela. Jacana Media, 2007); to Dusanka Stojakovic at New Africa Books for the extract ‘Part One: Morning 1955’ (published in ‘Buckingham Palace’, District Six) and for Jennifer David’s ‘Location Fires’ (published in Searching for Words); to Horatio Motjuwadi, and the Motjuwadi family, for Stanley Motjuwadi’s ‘Taken for a Ride’ (published in The Return of the Amasi Bird: Black South African Poetry, 1891-1981); Oswald Mtshali for ‘The Miner’, ‘Going to Work’, ‘The Detribalised’, ‘Reapers in a Mieliefield’, and ‘Pigeons at Oppenheimer Park’ (published in Sounds of a Cowhide Drum) reprinted by permission of ANFASA; to Nonkosi Mzamane for Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane’s ‘The Day of the Riots’ (published in Hungry Flames); to Philip Hirschsohn for the Liz Abrahams’ extract (published in Married to the Struggle); to Puso Mphahlele for Es’kia Mphahlele’s ‘A Poem’ (published in The Unbroken Song); to Rosalie Small for Adam Small’s ‘But O…’ (published in The Return of the Amasi Bird: Black South African Poetry 1891–1981); and to Pearson Education Limited for the extract from Modikwe Dikobe’s Marabi Dance.

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