Writer lob­bies for po­etry cards

Lesotho Times - - Week­ender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AU­THOR, Bantu Lerotholi, has called on lo­cal po­ets to pro­duce po­etry cards to make it eas­ier for their work to be dis­trib­uted.

In an in­ter­view with the Week­ender this week, Lerotholi said po­etry cards con­tain­ing a sin­gle poem could en­able bards to reach out to wider au­di­ences and make money in the process, since they are cheaper than print­ing a book.

“When I was work­ing on my first novel, From High­lands to Riches, the chal­lenges that came with com­pil­ing a book be­came ap­par­ent. It led me to come up with this idea of cards,” he said.

“I also re­alised that when cus­tomers buy our an­tholo­gies, they may like just a few po­ems. With this idea of po­etry cards, we will give them the free­dom to choose the ones they like.”

Lerotholi said many lo­cal writ- ers were un­able to af­ford the cost of pub­lish­ing a whole book.

“Le­sotho has many cre­ative po­ets who have enough ma­te­rial to pub­lish a book but lack the means to do it.

“Po­etry cards can be a so­lu­tion to that prob­lem since the writ­ers won’t need to wait to com­pile,” he said.

“Since I be­came a writer in 2007, my goal has al­ways been to up­lift cre­ative writ­ing in the coun­try.

“My pi­lot project was the Ba­sotho Book Fair held last Oc­to­ber. It was very suc­cess­ful as it pro­vided many lo­cal writ­ers with the plat­form to show­case their work.

“The sec­ond edi­tion will take place in two months’ time in which I will shed more light on the print­ing of po­ems on cards.”

Lerotholi has so far pub­lished 20 po­ems, in­clud­ing We Walked, Good­bye and Born I Was.

au­thor bantu lerotholi.

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