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BOOKED @ Muse: Nonkululeko Godana

Nonkululeko Godana

Nonkululeko Godana‘s life is affirmed by constantly seeking innovation in the world of literature. This poet-journalist-organiser-entrepreneur is among the founding and organising members of the Poetry in Lokomotion and the So Where To poetry experiences. These platforms helped groom and organise the poetry movement in Johannesburg – and greater South Africa.

“Nonks”, as she is fondly known, was born and raised in Johannesburg, but has recently relocated to the Mother City, where she is channeling her words and creative energy through her company, Well Said Communications.

Nonks cannot stay away from developing youth and being enriched through these experiences – she’s planting into the futures of fertile young minds by facilitating weekly writing and online media workshops and sessions with a group of teenagers as part of an organisation called Students For Humanity, which operates from COSAT (the Centre of Science and Technology) in Khayelitsha.

Recently Nonks also formed a stokvel for women writers to share their experiences in the journey of words. The stokvel’s doings are posted on the blog http://wildwomendo.blogspot.com.

When Muse caught up with Nonks’ flow, she was reading (for reference/interest in psychology, healing and spirituality), Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and The Dance by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. “And for pure reading pleasure,” she adds, “I’ve just started reading Disgrace by JM Coetzee.”

Nonkululeko Godana

Poem

The prayer they left out…

Our Mother who art(s) all around us
Mama, Mme be your name
Your Queendom has come
Your will be done
And children fed on this earth
For this is our heaven

Give us our daily sunrays of embraces
and summer-rain kisses
and forgive our brother and sister
who bite on the nipple
that feeds them breastmilk
Lead us into bleeding temptation
For this is how we learn

This is your Afrika
If only you realize your power
And rub onto your children’s wounds
Forever and ever…

Ah Mama
Ah Mama!

© Nonkululeko Godana

 

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