Mxolisi Nyezwa was born in 1967 in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, where he still lives. He runs a skills training project for unemployed young people in Motherwell township.

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He is the founder and editor of the English/Xhosa cultural magazine Kotaz, now in its 15th year. He is the 2009 winner of the Thomas Pringle National Award and the South African Literary Award for poetry. He teaches in the MA in Creative Writing programme at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

His published books are:
Song Trials (Poetry Gecko, 2000),
New Country (UKZN Press, 2008), and
Malikhanye (Deep South, 2011)

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IT DOES NOT REST

it exists in flesh and in geometrical moments
it goes like a shadowy figure everywhere
trembles in the expansive tremor of blood and foam
it goes and starts to numb everything
to disown and throttle every action
go to where it comes from and greet everyone
everybody knows me by my middle or my first name
they cannot see the man who looks suddenly around
the wind beating defenceless after each extended murmur
the fallen man who lies startled wide-eyed and broken