Mazisi Kunene

Literary Birthday – 12 May – Mazisi Kunene


Europe, your foundations
Are laid on rough stone.
Your heart is like cobwebs
That dry in the desert.
Your children fill us with fear:

They are like the young of the puff adder
Who devour the flesh of their parent.

From Europe by Mazisi Kunene

Mazisi Kunene was a South African poet best known for his poem Emperor Shaka the Great. Kunene was part of the anti-apartheid movement in Europe and Africa. He would go on to become Africa’s and South Africa’s poet laureate. He is the author of Anthem of the Decades: A Zulu Epic.

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by Amanda Patterson