Editors Note: May 2021

By Guest Editor Shaeera Kalla A Space of Reckoning As the rain woke me from my deep, stress-induced sleep, I prepared my standard oats and banana early morning meal in haste, almost missing the cut of…

Decolonising Practice

Article By Shayna Stephanie Goncalves Butan Autumn/Winter 2020 Ready-to-Wear The Research Collective for Decolonizing Fashion opened its first “Conversations on Decoloniality and Fashion” on Saturday,…

Not a tree, a bud and a flower. Just some thoughts

Odd Bookers By Radiyah Manjoo Fellow reader, Warning: I have not reviewed any books this month. My sister made a statement that people could be reduced to two main traits that sum up their character. …

MSN to SFO

A Poem By Katharine Blair What if, you say, and I lean, resigned, into the pain of it. We’ve been playing this game for two years and it never gets any easier. Loving long distance, I’m le…

Khalida Moosa

Poems By Khalida Moosa My writing is the only way I know to have a voice. My silence has for too long led me to believe that I have no say. I am reclaiming myself through my telling.   Language lost R…

Black People’s Hair Is Not Controversial

A Poem By Motswalo Manasoe So, we began to grow our hairTo speak without words, Of our dissatisfaction and on their arrogance.  Rapidly reclaiming our originalityAnd so repelling stereotypesAnd yes, b…

Home for the Holidays

A Review by Shameelah Khan Have you ever walked into a gallery and it automatically felt familiar, yet so far away? You recognize the white walls, the sterile smell, perfectly framed art, formalities …

Odd Music

“White South Africa (WSA)” – Church Anthony ft SelfDefenxe  Our piece is centred around the aspiration of “Reclaiming the Space” in every sense of the phrase. We want in on the pieces where modern-day…

Reclaiming Space Collection

Poems By Alun Robert “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of” – Nelson…

Punctuating the Urban Fabric

A Poem By Azra Rajab Two poems  One looks back  The other forward Here lays the initiation  Falling and stumbling  and emerging like an escaped beast  gasping from beneath the surface Gnarly face reve…

A Short Story Series

By Amir Bagheri That evening, Hamza and I had our daily video chat. I showed him around the neighbourhood playground through the lens of my camera. Hamza kept repeating that my virtual tour was not gr…

The Proposal

By Linda Silverman McMullen He asked her to marry him, because he’d crossed the first threshold at work, after scrapping and grasping and fifteen hour days. Now his career demanded an iron fist from e…

Excogitation

By Joseph Aimanesi Title: Excogitation  Medium: Mixed media on FBB (Charcoal, Acrylic, Poster colour, Coloured pencils)  Style: Afro-Futurism  I don’t have all that it takes to face L.I.F.E., bu…

Odd Artist of the Month: Gulshan Khan

South African photographer Gulshan Khan’s work focuses on stories related to human rights, social justice, identity, culture and the dignity of people; themes which continue to direct her visual refle…