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The Work of David wa Maahlamela


poem to my poems

this earth is garden of thorns,
editors and reviewers speak no sympathy,
they might put a sharp blade on your throats
and drink your hot blood alive
still, no matter how loud death knocks
never pull down the flag nor show them your back,
only you and i know how good you are,
for it’s not the colour of words that define you
but the weight of memories you carry-
is through you, i will collide not with death
till the death of time.

Read more of David wa Maahlamela’s poems at Botsoso Portal.

Reviews of wa Maahlamela’s poetry can be found at African Journals Online and on BooksLIVE.

David wa Maahlamela performed the poem Moroka’pula, written in praise of Modjadji the Rain Queen, on the international TV program Voices of Africa.

Poetry Collection – Moswarataukamariri

Moswarataukamariri is a blend of contemporary and traditional Sepedi poetry, with poems dedicated to the likes of Nelson Mandela, Maselekwane Rain Queen Modjadji I, and JR Maibelo. The subject matter ranges from radical poems addressing today’s burning issues to love poetry. ‘Kgarebekgolomodumo’, ‘Se bilogile’, ‘Legabea’ and ‘Ka lehu la ka’ are some of the outstanding poems in this collection. David wa Maahlamela wrote these poems while he was twenty year old, and his honesty gives this collection a taste of its own.

The book was written in 2004 and published in 2006 by the Timbila Poetry Project. It was edited by Aletta Motimele and Lerole Mamabolo.

Kgebetli Moele refers to Moswarataukamariri during an interview in the Mail and Guardian.

Moswarataukamariri can be purchased from AbeBooks.

Short Story - Bus From Cape Town

When I told my friend I had made love to a stranger, with tons of arrogance he was like: ‘Yeah dude, I also did that before.’ ‘Inside the bus,’ I added. ‘Was it standing?’ ‘No, it was on the road’. I started seeing a storm of questions blustering from his face, his eyes gleaming enthusiasm. ‘Were there passengers inside?’ ‘Of course, yes!’ I replied. ‘Tell me you’re joking. How did you do it? How did it happen? Where? I mean …’ He curiously confused me with questions. I didn’t even know which one to answer first. ‘Hooooh, relax broer. I will explain everything.’

Read more at Peony Moon.

Novel – Sejamoledi

David wa Maahlamela’s novel Sejamoledi was a finalist for the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature in 2011.


David wa Maahlamela is the recipient of the Musina Mayoral Excellence Award for arts development, the PanSALB multilingualism award and the Herifest prize for poetry.

Upcoming Events

In June 2012, David wa Maahlamela will be performing his poetry at the 22nd International Poetry Festival of Medellin in Colombia.