Rethabile Masilo
Paris, France

Rethabile Masilo is a Mosotho poet born in 1961. He left Lesotho with his parents and siblings to go into exile in 1980, moving through the Republic of South Africa, Kenya, and The United States, before settling in France in 1987. The poems in this (his second) collection speak of this journey. They are intimate, playful and ironic; mysterious, urban, heartbreaking, and painful. Infused with the warmth of the language of family and full of references to nature and the grandeur of remembered landscapes, the poems are both universal and personal. It is poetry that reflects the predicament of those displaced; the victims of prejudice, war and terror. Masilo is also a 2016 recipient of the 2016 Glenna Luchei Prize for African Poetry. Rethabile Masilo blogs at Poéfrika and co-edits Canopic Jar. He is a Mosotho poet with three poetry collections currently in print: Letter to Country (Canopic, 2016), Things That Are Silent (Pindrop Press, 20012) and Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015).
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