Love Pandemic: Poems

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These poems were largely written during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The last poem in the collection was written at the start of the second wave in Africa. Most were circulated through What’s App voice notes, an intimate way of keeping distance while reaching out to touch.

SALIMAH VALIANI is a poet, activist, and researcher. She has published four collections of poetry: breathing for breadth (TSAR: 2005), Letter Out: Letter In (Inanna: 2009), land of the sky (Inanna: 2016) and Cradles (Daraja: 2017). Her story-poem, Dear South Africa, was one…

    Contents

    On love (xxx)

    O

    Mask

    Rebellion

    Outward

    Inward

    Switch

    Flip or, On love (xxxi)

    funerals, sand

    The weight of height

    for dadima

    novelty

    Love Pandemic

    On love (xxxii)

    erosion

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