Celebrating national poetry month with Natalia Molebatsi

By Drum Digital
14 April 2015

April is National Poetry Month, and we speak to renowned South African poet Natalia Molebatsi.

April is National Poetry Month, many poets are out and sharing their gift of words, language and speech with the nation at large.

DRUM got a chance to chat to poet, Natalia Molebatsi who has had the privilege to work with some great artists like Keorapetse Kgositsile, Pitika Ntuli, Don Mattera, Gcina Mhlophe, Thanndiswa Mazwai, Sibongile Khumalo and many others.

When did the your love for poetry begin?

I have always loved reading, and I believe that it doesn't only start from the poems, but the love to want to read anything written.

What does National poetry month mean to you?

I appreciate that there is a time set aside to acknowledge the power of poetry. I also think however that poetry should be celebrated and acknowledged and taught to our children every single day.

What inspires you?

Life inspires me. A poem written well inspires me - power of creative language to explain things, to draw an image.

What is your favourite poem of all time?

Into Egypt by Suheir Hammad.

How do you juggle your poet life and family life?

I wish I had more time to write because sometimes just one line requires all of you. My child is a poem, so I don't struggle much with her, and my partner is a writer too, so he understands.

Where can poetry lovers catch your next performance

I invite everyone to look at the FB page of Jozi House of Poetry as we announce poetry activities there, also, we have a monthly Poetry and Jazz event at the Orbit in Johannesburg, not to be missed.  I will be reading at the Berlin Poetry Festival in June, and in Italy in July, among other projects.

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