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Today, we’re talking about Everything is a Deathly Flower, one of the most highly anticipated debut poetry collections of the past few years. In it, Maneo Mohale writes boldly and powerfully about her experience of sexual assault, and how she reconstructed her life afterwards.
Mohale calls the book ‘a strange, slippery, queer collection of poems’, ‘a long love letter to survival’. The book, she says, is ‘full of rage and contradiction. Full of quiet questions. Full of joy, harm, history, and silence.’
In the November issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books—out today!—Lidudumalingani, award-winning writer, filmmaker and photographer, reviews Everything is a Deathly Flower. In the show, he shares his thoughts about the book.
You can also listen to Maneo Mohale reading the opening poem of her collection, titled ‘Letsatsi’.
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