POET LAUREATE KEORAPETSE KGOSITSILE
Sunday, December 21, 2008 8:13:10 PM
Blessed are the dehumanized
for they have nothing to lose
but their patience
False gods killed the poet in me. Now
I dig graves
with artistic precision
Keorapetse Kgositsile in olokum.zip.net
Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile courtesy University of KwaZulu-Natal
Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile is the second National Poet Laureate in South Africa. His status as a Poet Laureate (since 8 December 2006) who received R1 million as part of the appointment sparked off a debate by politicians in 2007. It was dubbed the Clash of the Mandarins . At 70, he is a 'lecturer', writer and political activist. He taught at Universities of Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Gaborone. During the apartheid era in South Africa, he went into exile in 1961 at 23 as a member of the African National Congress and remained in exile for 29 years. He left the US in 1975, where he was a significant Poet because he was one of those identified as an African Poet and was also a member of the Pan-African Movement. He married fellow activist Baleka Mbete in 1978. The name of the group The Last Poets was from one of Kgositsile's poems. He won awards including the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for Poetry, New York Council of the Arts, Harlem Cultural Council and Rockefeller Foundation Awards. The revolutionary poet was influenced by writers like Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Charles Dickens and D. H. Lawrence. Letter To Poet Laureate is a poem by David wa Maahlamela for keorapetse kgositsile.
POET LAUREATE DAVID INKEY
Elsewhere in google there is an obscure reference to Leopold Senghor being a United Nations Poet…….Click Here: Check out "senghor "united nations poet" - Google Search" Further into the depths of google, Dag Hammarskjold enjoy similar identification, but the reference is so obscure that it does not merit citation.
---David Inkey, Carnegie Foundation (5/17/2008 2:18:18 PM)
David Inkey is the self acclaimed 'United Nations Poet Laureate' but it could be better for him to expatiate his comments on Leopold Sedar Senghor (9 October 1906 - 20 December 2001) and Dag Hammarskjold (29 July 1905 - 18 September 1961). Late people cannot defend themselves, can they? Were they addressed as UN Poets? Inkey explained that he ‘will be responsible for promoting the principles of the UN throughout the world.
-- Advice and consent on literary matters that pertain to the UN.
-- Participate in the annual UNESCO World Poetry Day events.
--Work with non-government agencies and governments to promote literary and education.’ I am the united nations poet is a poem by David Inkey who recently 'clocked' 77.
i am the united nations poet!
the united nations has one poet!
i know it! i know him…
though many do not know it, me, him, her…
i inquire, doesn’t the un require many, more?
i am the united nations poet!
i must defer to kofi for prose and diplomatic pose…
and, though i can scarcely dance,
i do court UN romance…
words rhyme for me, in every clime…
while gertrude gasps, “a rose is a rose is a rose,”
david rasps, a poet is a poet is a poet…
kofi and i propose,
peace will with peace increase…
hymns, his, hers, my puns may cause a stir…
a pun for fun, poems of the UN…
for more than a score of years,
in ilo, i savored labor…
in who, i added wealth to health…
in fao, i gave erudition to good nutrition,
and in unesco, i even showed dedication to education,
universally yearning “learning to be”…
in unicef, with familiar planning, scheming and screaming,
i complained, i proclaimed, i explained,
“every child a wanted child.”
People in the UK will have the worst Xmas in 17 years. For stores it will be the worst in 22 years. By January 2009 a lot of people may find it hard to pay their bills because of the credit crunch and money spent on Xmas 2008. I came across a lady who was screaming on the phone. When the call was terminated she decided to tell me her problem with tears in her eyes. She built a house for members of her family in a small West African country.
They had the effrontery to ask her to send money for electricity bills after she sent money to them for Xmas. She ‘argued’ that another member of her family in the UK recently sent money to them therefore they had no right to worry her. She is a single parent who had just paid her son’s private school fees and discovered that she had only £100 left in her account. She said her only hope for Xmas was her boyfriend. It was unclear whether her former relationship broke up because of her extended family problems.
I told her the story of a millionaire who allocated shares to members of his family. When he was ‘broke’ the company could no longer pay his extended family and they dragged him to court. He probably forgot to add a clause that he could stop paying... It could be better for the lady to find more money for them than face ‘Attacks from Home’ a la Mount Zion film production. Are you laughing? Giving people money now and then does not really benefit them. It is better to help people by making them self reliant.
At times, when you are trying to be too nice you could land yourself in trouble. A stingy person is unlikely to have the problem she is facing. In fact, a man allowed his friend to live in one of his houses Free Of Charge (FOC). Many years later, the kids of the man living in the FOC house dragged the kids of the landlord to court with claims and counter claims. It was a funny case. I sincerely wish everyone Happy Xmas, especially a platonic SAN friend of mine aka De Law. I am yet to tell him the kind of 'hell' I went through with a 'QC' this year. He will 'laugh' because I had the last 'laugh'.