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POETS GENERATIONS (article first published : 2007-08-26)

Xolani Richard Jama is a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in his first year in the faculty of Humanities, doing extended curriculum (access programme). He is a member of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) which, after recognising his passion for poetry, has nominated him as a conductor/director/coordinator of the regular Wednesday poetry evenings.

“I realized that to help us students who are making the Wednesday Poetry evening a success, I have to go out there and find help,” explains Richard. “We’ve just had two sessions which were successful and this is due to the talented students who love poetry with a passion. Poetry is a good means to deliver good messages. Beside that, it is one of the things that. as individuals and students, we feel comes from within - something that gives the creative person an opportunity to express their feelings in a different way.“

The students responded well to the poetry evenings, saying that they provided an opportunity to present their poems which they’d previously had no opportunity of airing. This gave rise to a further development, Poets Generations which now meets every Wednesday from 18h15 to 20h00 (the starting time is subject to change) at Student Y centre (YMCA) on campus next to Ernest Jansen Residence (EJ) Princess Alice Avenue.

Contact Xolani Richard Jama on 078 530 6063 or e-mail: xrjama@webmail.co.za




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