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Napo Masheane

Featured Poem:

Fat Love

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Where I come from hearts are chained together
Beating in one rhythm, searching words like FAT music
So this is for fat girls
Who hold the sun entwined in their arms
Carrying purpose names in their curves
Laughing hard when the wind sings our fears
They are beauty conceived of madness
Sunset shakes, mouth full, bodies living through lessons
The winter of their summer outshades their comfort
They can hear themselves, beyond the touch of their toes
These full sized girls, who allow the moon to blaze their feet
‘Till the yellow blanket clothe their waists

This is for fat girls who play philosophers’ stones
To build temples in our minds
To write life with one hand
To walk sideways with idiocy,
Fat babies who perch on mountaintops
Reciting ancient chronicles
Cover girls sell the dream
Of being complete, complete, completely nice
They named you fat to own your pride
And lied
So that you can die
To break your stride
And called you not good enough.

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How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (30)
  • Pride (31)
  • Optimism (20)
  • Anger (12)
  • Delight (13)
  • Inspiration (42)
  • Reflection (17)
  • Captivation (12)
  • Peace (12)
  • Amusement (7)
  • Sorrow (15)
  • Vigour (8)
  • Hope (18)
  • Sadness (16)
  • Fear (12)
  • Jubilation (10)

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Biography

Embodying the energy of a young, urban South African generation, acclaimed proponent of spoken-word poetry, Napo Masheane is a fresh and innovative voice in this genre. Born in Soweto and raised in Qwaqwa, Masheane who holds a Marketing Management and Speech and Drama Diploma, is a writer, director, producer, poet and an acclaimed performer on both international and national stages.

She is a founding member of Feela Sista! Spoken Word Collective. She is also the co-director of Colour of the Diaspora, an international collective of black women from the United States and South Africa. Masheane was a nominee of the 2005 Daimler Chrysler South African Poetry Award and has studied at or worked in: the Market Theatre, the Windybrow Theatre, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the University of Johannesburg, the Civic Theatre (Actors Centre), the SABC, Fuba School of Dramatic Arts, the University of California, Jungel Theater (Germany), Soweto Youth Drama Society, Farnebo College (Sweden), and The Lion King (New York City).

She has performed at Maitisong Theatre in Botswana and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). Masheane is currently the Managing Director of her own production company Village Gossip Productions through which she self-published her poetry and essay anthology Caves Speak In Metaphors. Her provocative and humorous one woman show My Bum Is Genetic Deal with It was received to wide acclaim.

She has performed and shared stage with, amongst others, Don Mattera, Lebo Mashile, Kgafela Magogodi, Jessica Care Moore, Toni Blackman and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Napo Masheane

Biography

Embodying the energy of a young, urban South African generation, acclaimed proponent of spoken-word poetry, Napo Masheane is a fresh and innovative voice in this genre. Born in Soweto and raised in Qwaqwa, Masheane who holds a Marketing Management and Speech and Drama Diploma, is a writer, director, producer, poet and an acclaimed performer on both international and national stages.

She is a founding member of Feela Sista! Spoken Word Collective. She is also the co-director of Colour of the Diaspora, an international collective of black women from the United States and South Africa. Masheane was a nominee of the 2005 Daimler Chrysler South African Poetry Award and has studied at or worked in: the Market Theatre, the Windybrow Theatre, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the University of Johannesburg, the Civic Theatre (Actors Centre), the SABC, Fuba School of Dramatic Arts, the University of California, Jungel Theater (Germany), Soweto Youth Drama Society, Farnebo College (Sweden), and The Lion King (New York City).

She has performed at Maitisong Theatre in Botswana and the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). Masheane is currently the Managing Director of her own production company Village Gossip Productions through which she self-published her poetry and essay anthology Caves Speak In Metaphors. Her provocative and humorous one woman show My Bum Is Genetic Deal with It was received to wide acclaim.

She has performed and shared stage with, amongst others, Don Mattera, Lebo Mashile, Kgafela Magogodi, Jessica Care Moore, Toni Blackman and Linton Kwesi Johnson.

Featured Poem:

Fat Love

Enlarge poem

Where I come from hearts are chained together
Beating in one rhythm, searching words like FAT music
So this is for fat girls
Who hold the sun entwined in their arms
Carrying purpose names in their curves
Laughing hard when the wind sings our fears
They are beauty conceived of madness
Sunset shakes, mouth full, bodies living through lessons
The winter of their summer outshades their comfort
They can hear themselves, beyond the touch of their toes
These full sized girls, who allow the moon to blaze their feet
‘Till the yellow blanket clothe their waists

This is for fat girls who play philosophers’ stones
To build temples in our minds
To write life with one hand
To walk sideways with idiocy,
Fat babies who perch on mountaintops
Reciting ancient chronicles
Cover girls sell the dream
Of being complete, complete, completely nice
They named you fat to own your pride
And lied
So that you can die
To break your stride
And called you not good enough.

No audio file loaded.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (30)
  • Pride (31)
  • Optimism (20)
  • Anger (12)
  • Delight (13)
  • Inspiration (42)
  • Reflection (17)
  • Captivation (12)
  • Peace (12)
  • Amusement (7)
  • Sorrow (15)
  • Vigour (8)
  • Hope (18)
  • Sadness (16)
  • Fear (12)
  • Jubilation (10)

Comments

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