I WISH I'D SAID, a product of the AVBOB Poetry Project

: de Lange (J.) & Motinyane (M.) eds.

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321pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018


In 2017 funeral service and insurance provider AVBOB sponsored an online poetry competition, open to speakers of all 11 official languages. Both experienced and novice poets were invited to submit poems on loss, grieving, love and consolation. This publication includes poems written by the first and second-place winners in each language category and 77 poems especially commissioned by AVBOB from well-known South African poets. The 100th poem is written in the primary dialect of the Tuu (Khoisan) language. Where necessary the poems are accompanied by an English translation.