Surviving Loss by Busisiwe Mahlangu (Impepho Press)
In this collection the author fights for breath and voice. The poems hold years of undoing silence, written between 2015 and 2018, but also moves in stories that unfolded before then. The collection builds open doors and windows around a house that had none, to offer an escape or a way into a house. With gentleness, trauma and pain are explored and stretched to try find ways to heal. Survival is urgency.
Busisiwe Mahlangu born in 1996, is a writer and poet from Mamelodi, Pretoria.
Mahlangu is the founder of Lwazilubanzi Project, an NPO that aims to use literature as a tool for learning, resistance and healing. Her poetry is mostly described as hard-hitting and raw, holding space for conversations around poverty, mental health, education, violence, healing and being and staying alive.