NATIONAL NEWS - Eqinisweni Secondary School in Thembisa educator Enock Shishenge wrote 21 poems during the first 21 days of lockdown and published them as a book with Ndzhaka Publishers.
“These texts remain the labour of imagination and reflects an episode of disruption in the history of human suffering,” said Shishenge.
“This is poetry in which we feel accepted, and although the ideas are often challenging and sometimes heart-breaking, what holds this collection together, is the profound sense of humanity ascending from the pages.”
Enock Shishenge’s book, Lockdown, fuses the diverse forms of self-expression and lifestyle of Ivory Park in a remarkably beautiful and stunning fashion.
“The book opens with a startling poem: I, the child of words … I, grandchild of stanzas … I, the word prisoners of hope…”
The author has an honours degree in African languages from Unisa. He has been published in various poetry anthologies, newspapers, magazines and journals such as Sunday World, City Press and Numsa News.
He is also a multi-award winner. “I was awarded the Gauteng Brand Ambassador Award, The Star in Education Award, SOMAFCO Trust’s Essay Writing Award and Gauteng’s National Teachings Award twice, Best Cultural Teacher (2018) for Johannesburg East District and Best Xitsonga Teacher in the same year.
“I currently serve as the deputy secretary of Ivory Park South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) branch.”
To get your copy of Lockdown, contact him on 083 338 8275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org