Brutus, Dennis

About Dennis Brutus

Biography (South African History Online)

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Obituary (New York Times)

Ogwude, Sophie. "Progress & Prospects in the Development of African Literature: A Tribute to Dennis Brutus." African Literature Today, 2012

Bond, Patrick and Ashwin Desai. "A Tribute to Dennis Brutus: Honored by the Enemies He Kept." Against the Current, 2010



Baraka, Amiri. “Airs and Tributes by Dennis Brutus.” Black American Literature Forum, vol. 23, no. 3, 1989

Mphahlele, Ezekiel. “Strains by Dennis Brutus.” Okike, vol. 9, 1975



Nwahunanya, Chinyere. "Random Pebbles: Interview with Dennis Brutus." Cultural Dynamics of Globalization & African Literature, Dixon and Spleth (eds.), 2016

Lindfors, Bernth. "Dennis Brutus." Africa Talks Back, Lindfors (ed.), 2002

Nichols, Lee. "Interview with Dennis Brutus."African Literature Association Bulletin, vol. 23, no. 3, 1997

Steptoe, Lamont B. “Dennis Brutus Interviewed” Critical Perspectives on Dennis Brutus, McLuckie and Colbert (eds.), 1995

Davis, Geoffrey V., and Holger G. Ehling. "On a Knife Edge." Matatu, vol. 11, 1994

Lee, Richard, and Diane DeLauro. "Activism from Elsewhere: An Interview with Dennis Brutus."  Exit 9, vol. 1, no. 1, 1993

Thompson, William E. "Dennis Brutus: An Interview." Ufahamu, vol. 12, no. 2, 1983

Miller, E. Ethelbert. “An Interview with Dennis Brutus.” Obsidian, vol. 1, no. 2, 1975



Ngongkum, Eunice, and John Nkemngong Nkengasong. Dennis Brutus' Poetics of Revolt, 2018

August, Tyrone. "Old Roots, New Routes: Following the Troubadour in the Poetry of Dennis Brutus." English in Africa, vol. 44, no. 2, 2017

Kanaganayakam, Chelva. "Wounded Nations: Politics and Postcolonial Literature." Critical Insights: Post-Colonial Literature, Garsha (ed.), 2017

Eshun, Gabriel, and Clare Madge. "'Now Let Me Share This With You': Exploring Poetry as a Method for Postcolonial Geography Research." Antipode, vol. 44, no. 4, 2012

Sharp, Michael. "'All a Prisoner's Predicament': The Enduring Essence of Dennis Brutus' Letters to Martha." Migrations and Creative Expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora, Falola et al. (eds.), 2008

Woods, Tim. African Pasts: Memory & History in African Literature, 2007

Winks, Christopher. "Communion in the House of the Dead: Notes on Some African Prison Poets." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, vol. 32, no. 3-4, 2005

Ayeomoni, Niyi. "The Role of Stylistics in Literary Studies." Readings in Language and Literature, Oyeleye and Olateju (eds.), 2003

Ezenwa-Ohaeto. "Shriek of Nerves: The Rational Voice of Dennis Brutus and the Poetry of Exile in Salutes and Censures." African Literature Today, vol. 22, 2000

Lindfors, Bernth. "Dennis Brutus and the Lay of the Land." Routes of the Roots: Geography and Literature in the English-Speaking Countries, Zoppi (ed.), 1998

Chipasula, Frank M. "A Terrible Trajectory: The Impact of Apartheid, Prison and Exile on Dennis Brutus's Poetry." Essays on African Writing, Gurnah (ed.), 1993

JanMohamed, Abdul R. "Dennis Brutus." Twentieth-Century Caribbean and Black African Writers, Lindfors and Sander (eds.), 1992

Baraka, Amiri. "Airs & Tributes by Dennis Brutus." Black American Literature Forum , vol. 23, no. 3, 1989

Abrahams, Cecil. "The South African Writer in a Changing Society." Matatu, vol. 2, no. 3-4, 1988

Ojaide, Tanure. "The Troubadour: The Poet's Persona in the Poetry of Dennis Brutus." ARIEL, vol. 17, no. 1, 1986

Gardner, Colin. "Brutus and Shakespeare." Research in African Literatures, vol. 15, no. 3, 1984

Ssensalo, Bede M. "The Autobiographical Nature of the Poetry of Dennis Brutus." Ufahamu, vol. 7, no. 2, 1977

Egudu, R. N. "Pictures of Pain: The Poetry of Dennis Brutus." Aspects of South African Literature, Heywood (ed.), 1976

Mphahlele, Ezekiel. "Poetic Thoughts from Africa." Africa Today, vol. 21, no. 1, 1974

Tejani, Bahadur. "Can the Prisoner Make a Poet? A Critical Discussion of Letters to Martha and Other Poems from a South African Prison by Dennis Brutus." African Literature Today, vol. 6, 1973



Poetry Collections

Leafdrift (2005)

Still the Sirens (1993)

Airs and Tributes (1989)

Salutes and Censures (1982)

Strains (1982)

Stubborn Hope: New Poems, and Selections from China Poems and Strains (1978)

China Poems (1975)

Poems from Algiers (1970)

Letters to Martha and Other Poems from a South African Prison (1968)

Sirens, Knuckles and Boots (1963)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Jan Carew – Comrade in Struggle." Race & Class, vol. 43, no. 3, 2002

"At an Exhibition." Drumvoices, vol. 9, no. 1-2, 2000

"Africa 2000 in the New Global Context: A Commentary." Africa Today, vol. 44, no. 4, 1997

"Through the Bars: The Prison Experience in Poetry." The Word Behind Bars and the Paradox of Exile, Anyidoho (ed.), 1997

"Literature and Change in South Africa." Research in African Literatures, vol. 24, no. 3. 1993

"English and the Dynamics of South African Creative Writing." English Literature: Opening up the Canon, Fiedler and Baker Jr. (eds.), 1981

"Two Poems by Nortje with a Note." African Literature Today, vol. 10, 1979

"International Declaration Against Arpartheid in Sport: Draft Convention Against Arpartheid in Sport: United Nations Action." Journal of Sport & Social Issues, vol. 2, no. 2, 1978

"Poetry of Suffering: The Black Experience." Ba Shiru, vol. 4, no. 2, 1973

"In Memoriam: Arthur Nortje." Research in African Literatures, vol. 2, no. 1, 1971

"Protest Against Apartheid: Alan Paton, Nadine Gordimer, Athol Fugard, Alfred Hutchinson and Arthur Nortje." Protest and Conflict in African Literature, Pieterse & Munro (eds.), 1969


Audio/Audiovisual Material

Interview with Dennis Brutus. YouTube, 12 Mar. 2013

Interview with Dennis Brutus. Democracy Now!, 28 Dec. 2009