by Edited by Richard Bartlett - £9.95 Aflame Books (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780955233906 | ISBN 10: 0955233909
From the day the cell door closed on Nelson Mandela 40 years ago, poets took up the fight for freedom - not just his freedom, but that of an entire people. This book brings together almost 100 poems from 25 countries that show how a generation of poets turned their pens into political weapons without sacrificing their ability to arouse anger and give shape to dreams.
The collection is inspired by the life of the world's most famous political prisoner - but it tells the story of a country and those who joined in its struggle for justice. Through gestures of passionate creativity, it records how the African freedom fighter incarcerated in Robben Island prison became the embodiment of all political prisoners - an icon in the struggle against apartheid and a symbol of hope itself.
Halala Madiba includes 96 poems from 25 countries, featuring Seamus Heaney, Wole Soyinka, LKJ, Benjamin Zephaniah, Wally Mongane Serote, Jeremy Cronin, Tupac Shakur, Andrew Motion, Ntozake Shange, Dennis Brutus and Breyten Breyenbach.
"The poetic record of the long jounrey from oppression to freedom inscribed on these pages affirms the significance of every human life."
(Andries Walter Oliphant)
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In booklists: Activism and Politics in Poetry, Poetry and Writing Anthologies, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, World Poetry - England, World Poetry - North America and Canada, World Poetry - Africa, In categories: Changing the World, Poetry & Writing, World - Africa, History & Biography, Anti-Racism, World - North America,