Poetry flourished, particularly in performance, where the evocative power of words and images combined with the physical language of the body to create an intense immediacy.

It is as if moral complexity – a major source of literary value – is contrasted with political agency, whose capacity for reductive simplification may devalue the complicating tendencies of literature.

There isn’t a great deal in South Africa that can be called “political literature” in the sense of a literature that dramatises political activism. We are more likely to see literature that “politicises” by deepening of awareness

To counter such contemporary tendencies, we need writing that explodes willed invisibility so that we can see with an awareness that recognises the dangerous present, and at the same time enables us to project our minds and our imaginations far into the future to prevent current trends from turning into tragedy in the long term.