"Community leaders, including chiefs and kings should feel ashamed when they are going to address their followers and there is no poet to provoke the people’s appetites as well as raise important questions. Deserving academics should derive shame out of having no praise whopped on them when they finally get to be distinguished speakers at tertiary graduation ceremonies."
Timbila claims to be well-positioned as the one organization with the experience and passion to successfully pilot this encompassing initiative. Having been founded in 2000 without a committed funder or wealthy patron, the publishing initiative has up to now published five annual anthologies of poetry, special editions, CDs and facilitated countless readings both in Gauteng and Eastern Cape which have served as showcase platforms for more than a hundred poets from around the country.
Schools, community structures and arts collectives wanting to take part in this creation of the Republic can do so by contacting Timbila Poetry Project for more information, or their respective district municipality to fund the workshop which target 25 poets per district will be workshopped.
PS. AND YES, THE BEST PLACE TO HIDE SOMETHING FROM A BLACK PERSON IS TO WRITE IT IN A BOOK
IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IT, HONOUR THIS INVITATION, GO OUT AND PROVE THE STATEMENT WRONG.