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Rabia El Basri

Reality

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Charlotte Brönte

Parting

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Makhosazana Xaba

Brakpan 2002

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-geboren 1957, Greytown Kwazulu natal (zuid afrika) - opgeleid tot verpleegkundige -lid van ANC en banneling ivm de 2e noodtoestand 1986 -voorvechter voor vrouwenrechten en rechten voor homosexuelen -start met dichten in 2000 en schrijft ook over gezondheidsvraagstukken -beroemde dichtbundels bestsellers: these hands, 2005 en tongues of their mothers, 2008 - beroemde anthologie: Proudly Malawian: Life Stories from lesbian and gender-nonconforming individuals (2016) -heeft diverse literaire prijzen gewonnen en heeft een masterdegree in de Witwaterrand universiteit -woont nu in Johannesburg

Brakpan 2002
They knew not her name,
they knew not from whence she came.
She worked for them
in their very home.

A domestic worker,
sleeping in the backyard,
the familiar servants’ quarters.

When she dared walk in the garden
two pit bulls ripped her apart,
sent her to her death.

A member of the public
killed the two dogs out of rage.
The dog owners,
home owners, white, employers,
knew not her name,
from whence she came
who worked for four months in their home.

She was just a
domestic worker, black,
in a backyard in Brakpan.
Now she lies in a mortuary.
Her dog bite-riddled body can’t be claimed.
Her employers assert unashamedly that
the dogs bit her because, they too, did not know her,
because she had never walked in the garden.

She was merely a body, a black body,
in a backyard in Brakpan, in the year 2002.



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Lady Mary Chudleigh

To The Ladies

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Rosemonde Gèrard

L'Eternelle Chanson

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Anonymous Irish Woman

Still She Cried

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Sarah Teasdale

After Love

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Edna st. Vincent Millay

Bluebeard

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Frances Cornford

The Old Witch In The Copse

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Delmira Augustini

Mi Musa Triste

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