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African Books Collective, 2010 - Poetry - 93 pages
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The collection of poems is an intriguing reflection of the sometimes torturous evolution of inner self which so many South Africans face as they struggle to find who they are in a multicultural society that espouses the values of traditional culture while reaching for the promise of a global community. Thus the blend of Xhosa and English as Ntsiki strives to merge her modern views with cultural roots. She feels strongly the need to reclaim her culture and language and blend them within the context of a cosmopolitan society. She captures the 'vibe and energy' of young South Africa and its blossoming as well as its quandaries. Ntsiki does not hesitate to deal with controversial and painful issues, such as rape, and her work challenges the reader to stop and think, really think. The quest for self expression and self-understanding echoes throughout the book and through it, she exhorts the reader to have the courage to explore and understand himself. Underlying many poems is the unspoken but burning desire that, by telling the truth, she will create possibilities for others to do the same. In many ways, 'Wena' is a celebration of life. The poems brim over with Ntsiki's own desire to drink to the full and then go out there and pour love and life out into the world. The manner in which she distills meaning and value from the negative is perhaps best expressed in her own words, from the poem, 'I choose life'.

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This book, iyangichaza, i did Wena with my grade 11 class for English prescribed poem and they loved it. I enjoy the poems too, they speak ti my inner blackness and what we go through in our daily lives. It's fabulous write another one.


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Hey black gal
Noord Street taxi rank
Some fathers
Good company
If you say that you love me
Age of colour
I choose life
Love in Soweto
Miss WhatWhat

Ghetto princess
Famous family
After I lost uMama
Boy problems
For you
Thinking of you
In my garden
My generation
One thing remains the same
Too much woman
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