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Like the untouchable wind: An anthology of poems

Editor Makhosazana Xaba

A slim volume it may be, but it is full of the life, experience and visions of African lesbians. These seven women take a chance on the reader, that we are curious about their journeys and are willing to engage with the lives they choose to share with us.   Sometimes humorous, sometimes angry, they are defiant and resolute in defending themselves and their communities from violence, attack and marginalization.  On these pages, I’ve met women who have loved, who have suffered but also women who have stood firm in their sexuality and activism. Freedom fighters. They are women who are living their lives and building a movement, they are women I want to know.  Read this work and wake up to their world.

- Myesha Jenkins, Poet, Author of, Breaking the Surface and Dreams of Flight, Editor of a forthcoming anthology of Jazz Poetry

This book is a choir of voices of women who self-identify as lesbian and bisexual. Using poetry they share their experiences, their feelings and their dreams. It is a book that inspires activism and a sense of community among lesbians, bisexuals and women, beyond the borders of Bulawayo where it was conceived. In most African countries the mere existence of LGBTI lives is often denied, criminalized and or trivialized. This book speaks against all that. Women, speaking in their own words, share their lives and their activism in nuanced interesting ways. This book is for poets and women. It is for activists and anyone interested in LGBTI lives. It is a book for all who care about silenced and marginalized individuals and communities.    


Publisher: MaThoko's Books
Publication date: 2016
ISBN: 9781928215479
Format: paperback

About the editor

Makhosazana Xaba is the author of two poetry collections: these hands (2005) and, Tongues of their Mothers (2008). Her poetry has been anthologized extensively and translated into Italian, Mandarin and Turkish. In 2014 she was nominated for poetry category of the Mbokodo awards. Her third collection will be published shortly. She is also the author of, Running and other stories (2013), which won the SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2014. She is the co-editor of an anthology of short stories, Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (2013) which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the fiction anthology category in 2014.  With Crystal Biruk, she edited Proudly Malawian: Life Stories from Lesbian and Gender-nonconforming individuals. She holds an MA in Writing (with distinction) from Wits University.