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New Left Review I/163, May-June 1987


Astrid von Kotze

Workers’ Theatre in South Africa

H.I.E. Dhlomo, one of the first African poets to write in English, lamented the predicament of the ‘People’s Poet’ who, as a committed artist, reaches out to the masses but remains unheard:

Must I ever remain unheard
attempting
in vain to get
Through mighty grind of printed
world—a hearing? [1] N. Visser and T. Couzens, eds., H.I.E. Dhlomo: Collected Works, Ravan Press, Johannesburg 1985, p. 365.

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