Cape Cultural Collective publishes Beyond Truth’s Edge, its second poetry anthology
Our second poetry anthology, Beyond Truth’s Edge, was published in December 2022, as part of the Cape Cultural Collective’s 15th anniversary.
It features the powerful work of 15 incredible South African poets, both legends and newcomers.
They are: Afeefa Omar, Chris Ferndale, Diana Ferrus, Khadija Heeger, Kyle Louw, Mbongeni Nomkonwana, Roche Kester, Siphokazi Jonas, James Matthews, Toni Stuart, Vusumuzi Mpofu, Vuyokazi Ngemntu, Winslow Schalkwyk, Zenariah Barends and the late Primrose Mrwebi.
This diverse group of poets write about the full range of human emotions and experience – life, love, disappointment, hope, aspirations, anger, pain and joy.
There are love poems, poems of memory, political poems, poems of joy and poems of longing and sadness.
Poetry heals, it disrupts, inspires and connects people – this anthology does all of those things and more.
Beyond Truths Edge has been endorsed by poet laureate Mongane Wally Serote, writers Zubeida Jaffer and Antjie Krog and playwright Mike van Graan.
This outpouring of these15 powerful poets lays bare the deep emotions that pulse through our veins reminding us of the stories that we carry in our hearts. They illustrate how strongly we continue to long for a just and fair South Africa that many have so tirelessly fought for.
Zubeida Jaffer – journalist, author, activist
A moving volume! Poems reanimating and celebrating how “just” we once dreamt about this “unjust” country. Let us listen and be moved anew… Antjie Krog
This is our second anthology. Our first, At Truth’s Edge, was published in 2011, featuring nine poets. Three of those poets; Chris, Zenariah and Khadija are featured in Beyond Truths Edge.
Meet our poets in our Poet Spotlight
Poet spotlight: Primrose Mrwebi
I first met Primrose Mrwebi, a founder member of the CCC in 2007 at an Irish pub, Catu, in Cape Town where she was performing poetry and where the ...
Poet spotlight: Winslow Schalkwyk
Since first taking to the stage in 2006, Winslow Schalkwyk has grown into a multi-faceted performer who speaks from a space of truth, reverie and c...
Poet spotlight: James Matthews
Born in District Six, James has been a published author since the 1940’s and has produced five books of poetry, a collection of short stories, a no...
Poet spotlight: Diana Ferrus
Diana is a writer, poet, performance poet and story-teller. Her work has been published in various collections and some serve as prescribed texts f...
Poet spotlight: Khadija Heeger
Is a published poet, actress, facilitator, cultural activist, who hails from the Cape Flats. Her poetic work has been characterised as stark and un...
Poet spotlight: Afeefa Omar
Afeefa Omar is a poet and a student of life. She grew up in Capen Town and began writing poetry and short stories at a young age to make sense of t...
Poet spotlight: Vusumuzi Mpofu
Vusumuzi Mpofu is a spoken word artist creating authentic content that shares an individual’s experience of the black youth narrative. The Multi- f...
Poet spotlight: Kyle Louw
Kyle has poured out pages of poetic words over stages across the world, racking up multiple accolades along the way. He has been listed as one of M...
Poet spotlight: Vuyokazi Ngemntu
Vuyokazi is a writer-performer whose work encompasses elements of storytelling, physical theatre, social satire and ritual. Her activism is rooted ...
Poet spotlight: Toni Giselle Stuart
Toni works as a poet, performer, creative facilitator and healer. Her works include Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a cape jazz poem in three movements with f...
Poet spotlight: Zenariah Barends
Zenariah was a student, community and cultural activist during the late 70s and 80s. She has worked at Molo Songololo, as a lecturer and researcher...
Poet spotlight: Chris Ferndale
Chris Ferndale has been writing and performing poetry for more than 30 years. He is a founder member of the Cape Cultural Collective and includes p...
Poet spotlight: Mbongeni Nomkonwana
Mbongeni Nomkonwana is a published Writer and Translator. He is a spoken word artist who has performed on many stages, both locally and internation...
Poet spotlight: Roché Ketster
Roché Kester is a writer and performer who hails from Cape Town. She was the curator of the weekly poetry event, Grounding Sessions that ran for th...
Poet spotlight: Siphokazi Jonas
Siphokazi Jonas is a critically acclaimed producer, writer, poet and performer, with a strong national footprint and growing international presence...