Poetry

IN PICS | Meet the Melville poet swapping poetry for cash

A poet walks the streets of a Joburg suburb, offering her book of poems for sale or perhaps a recitation if the punter is in the mood. The love she has found on the streets, says the petite woman known as Shorty, has her walking tall

16 August 2020 - 00:00 By Leonie Wagner

It’s just after sunset on one of Melville’s dimly lit streets and Thabile Gloria Mtshali is setting up her bed. She lays down a sheet of cardboard followed by six blankets. She says they’ll do little to protect her from the August wind.

Clutching her gold notebook and a pen, she recites a poem...

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