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Reflections on The Careless Seamstress by Tjawangwa TJ Dema

POWERFUL POET: TJ Dema

Tjawangwa (TJ) Dema has been on this words road awhile. My first encounter with her poetry was back in 2005, when she was a mentee on the British Council Crossing Borders programme. Today she mentors poets.

The Careless Seamstress is published as the winner of the Sillerman Prize for Poetry 2018.

The collection contains forty-six poems. There are poems that bear witness to women’s lives; poems that examine faith and belief.

Her poems unpick Setswana sayings and tradition, they draw from Greek mythology, Setswana traditional stories.

The poems are as varied in their content as t...

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