There’s nothing as intriguing, fulfilling and inspiring as reading work from an author you respect, like and who you can count amongst your friends and colleagues. I know in the so-called mainstream media it will be called a conflict of interest for me to voice objective opinions about Escaping Trauma, a poetry book by award-winning author Sabata-Mpho Mokae.
If I am not overstepping my license I think even a poet as youthful as Matete Motsoaledi and poet Ezrom Maromo Sekgobela have written something for Molelekwa. Fine, this post is about the poetry of Sabata and not disciples of Molelekwa.
Mokae’s appreciation for music is reflected through some of his works. The last time I had a one-on-one with him was during the Polokwane Literary Festival where as a connoisseur of words he travelled all the way from the Northern Cape to break bread with his brethrens and launch his novel Ha se nna Modisa (I’m not my Brother’s Keeper).
In my other incarnation I work closely with his cousin, literary giant and filmmaker Dr Gomolemo Mokae and I say without fear of contradiction that Sabata might have written a lot for his short space of existence, but in many’s opinion his time is still in the horizon. He is still an unpolished diamond that is recognisable to those who have seen the gem in its rough state. Those used to the glitz must wait for some time before they finally find themselves failing to resist this writer. And you know what they say about diamonds?
Escaping Trauma is a beautiful artwork with lots of dishes for all consumers of poetry. The poet is not trying to be something he isn’t. The collection is a mirror of the person. And if you have a comprehension of artistic aesthetic, rest assured this is a book for your summer jol and beyond.
This collection of 50 peoms should be available at bookstores that know what literature is. If it’s not there tell them to order it for you. Or alternatively find Sabata-Mpho Mokae on Facebook and discuss your frustrations with him.
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