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Named after the poet’s mother, ‘mamaseko is a collection of introspective lyrics and other poems dealing with the intersections of blood relationships and related identities. Thabile Makue questions what it means to be beings of blood—to relate by blood, to live by blood. In her poems Makue looks for traces of shared trauma and pain and asserts that wounds of the blood are healed by the same.
About the Author
Thabile Makue is a South African healer, facilitator, and writer at AfroElle magazine. She was the 2016–17 Current State of Poetry National South African Slam champion. Her debut collection, i know how to fix myself, was released in 2017 by the African Poetry Book Fund as part of their New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set Nne. Her work has been included in multiple journals as well as 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent.
“The author’s focus on blood as both the root and the salve for violence is an ingenious metaphor employed throughout the book under numerous guises.”—Veronica Schorr, New York Journal of Books