“Poetry is the language of the soul, the lingua franca of dreams”: An interview with Angifi Dladla

Angifi Dladla is a poet, playwright, writing teacher and coach based on the East Rand, South Africa.  His poetry has been published in many anthologies and journals locally and abroad.  In 2003 he was a playwright-in-residence in Geneva, where he wrote Kgodumodumo, a play about the protection of biodiversity and traditional knowledge.  His poetry collection, The Girl Who Then Feared To Sleep, was published in 2001.  In 1988 he founded the Community Life Network, a cultural organisation focusing on community building.  In 1987 he co-founded Bachaki Theatre in Johannesburg.  Their debut play Top Down – The Law of Nature, was the first in the history of South Africa to look into the belly of Bantu Education in the classroom, staff room and the headmaster’s office.

Read the full interview here.

Read more about Angifi here.

Read Angifi’s poems, “Flowers” and “Gathering Pieces”, here.

And more poems here.

3 thoughts on ““Poetry is the language of the soul, the lingua franca of dreams”: An interview with Angifi Dladla

  1. johemmant

    I’ll follow the other links later. For now I only had time to read the two poems and they are both so powerful, flowers in particular such a fascinating take.

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