A Naked Bone by Mangaliso Buzani
In simple vocabulary a naked bone describes complex states of beauty and suffering, often at the borderline where life meets death. In their dreamlike rhythms and images, the poems draw strength from Xhosa culture, Christianity, and elements of nature. They are love poems in the widest sense, embracing the interface between daily life and the spiritual, enacting joy and caring in the face of deprivation and mourning.
Mangaliso Buzani grew up in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, and later trained as a jeweller in Tshwane. His first collection Ndisabhala Imibongo (Imbizo, 2014) written in isiXhosa, won the 2015 SALA award for poetry. Buzani teaches poetry in English and isiXhosa in the MA in Creative Writing programme at Rhodes University.
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