Sole, Kelwyn

About Kelwyn Sole

Biography (Poetry International)

Biography (The Poetry Archive)

Biography (University of Capetown)



Kozain, Rustum. "Kelwyn Sole: Walking, Falling." The Johannesburg Review of Books, 3 Jul. 2017

Kozain, Rustan. “Mirror and Water Gazing/Heartlands/Nightrider: Selected Poems.” English Academy Review, vol. 20, 2003

August, Tyrone. “Kelwyn Sole, The Blood of our Silence.” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 16, no. 2, 1990



D'Arcy, Elizabeth. "'The Joy of Happenstance!' An Interview with the Poet, Kelwyn Sole." Current Writing, vol. 31, no. 1, 2019

"Poéfrika Interview with Kelwyn Sole." Poéfrika, 8 May 2018

“Kelwyn Sole: Dreaming the Everyday.” The Dye Hard Interviews, 1 Jun. 2012

Lewis, Simon. "Interview with Kelwyn Sole." Wasafiri, vol. 18, no. 38, 2008

Robins, Roy. "Interview with Kelwyn Sole." New Contrast, vol. 34, no. 1, 2006

Berold, Robert. "New Coin Poetry - Interview: Kelwyn Sole." New Coin Poetry, vol. 30, no. 1,  1994

Brown, Duncan, and Bruno Van Dyk. “Kelwyn Sole.” Exchanges: South African Writing in Transition, 1991



Horn, Peter. "'Where We Stride above the Fading, Insistent Mutter of the Dead': Kelwyn Sole's Projections in the Past Tense." At the Margin of One/Many Languages, 2014

Dunton, Chris. “From Mqhayi to Sole: Four Poems on the Sinking of the Troopship Mendi.” African Literatures and Beyond: A Florilegium, Davis and Bernth (eds.), 2013

Higgins, John. "The Sole Measure of Poetic Value: A Response to Kelwyn Sole." Pretexts: Literary and Cultural Studies, vol. 12, no. 1, 2003

Cornwell, G. "Map-Making in the Missionary Position : A Response to Kelwyn Sole." Current Writing, vol. 6, no. 2, Oct. 1994

Hofmeyer, Isabel. "Kelwyn Sole, Postcolonialism, and the Challenge of the Local." Current Writing, vol. 6, no. 2, 1994

Nkosi, L. "Sole and the Symptoms of Nervous Breakdown." Current Writing, vol. 6 no. 2, 1994

Attwell, David. “Resisting Power: A Reply to Kelwyn Sole and Isobel Hofmeyr.” Pretexts: Literary and Cultural Studies, vol. 3, no. 1–2, 1991



Poetry Collections

Walking, Falling (2017)

Absent Tongues (2012)

Land Dreaming (2006)

Mirror and Water Gazing (2001)

Love That is Night (1998)

Projections in the Past Tense (1992)

The Blood of our Silence (1988)



“‘Here It Is Safe to Assume Nothing at All’: Aesthetics and the Impasse of South African Poetry Criticism.” Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa, vol. 21, no. 2, 2016

 “‘Inside Our Bodies / the Terrible Words Must Burn’: Editing a New Selection of South African Poetry.” New Coin Poetry, vol. 49, no. 1, 2013

“‘I Have Learned to Hear More Acutely’: Aesthetics, Agency and the Reader in Contemporary South African Poetry.” Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, vol. 21–22, 2009

“The Tyranny of Already Existing Interpretations.” New Formations, vol. 51, 2003

“Political Fiction, Representation and the Canon: The Case of Mtutuzeli Matshoba.” English in Africa, vol. 28, no. 2, 2001

 “The Witness of Poetry: Economic Calculation, Civil Society and the Limits of Everyday Experience in a Liberated South Africa.” New Formations, vol. 45, 2001

Sipho Sepamla.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: South African Writers, vol. 225, Scanlon (ed.), 2000

“Bird Hearts Taking Wing: Trends in Contemporary South African Poetry Written in English.” World Literature Today, vol. 70, no. 1, 1996

“Democratising Culture and Literature in a ‘New South Africa’: Organisation and Theory.” Current Writing, vol. 6, no. 2, 1994

“Fear and Loathing in the Academy.” Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, vol. 6, no. 2, 1994

 “‘This Time Set Again’: The Temporal and Political Conceptions of Serote’s To Every Birth Its Blood.” English in Africa, vol. 18, no. 1, 1991

“The Days of Power: Depictions of Politics and Community in Four Recent South African Novels.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 19, no. 1, 1988


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Kelwyn Sole Reads Three New Poems for the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival. YouTube, 20 May 2020

Kelwyn Sole at Poetry Africa 2017. YouTube, 2 Feb. 2018

Kelwyn Sole Reads His Poem "Seafront". The Poetry Archive, 2015

Kelwyn Sole Reads His Poem "I Want What Comes After". The Poetry Archive, 2012

Kelwyn Sole Reads His Poem "The Burning". The Poetry Archive, 1998

Kelwyn Sole Reads His Poem "Housing Targets". The Poetry Archive, 1998

Performance of Kelwyn Sole’s Poem "Dancing" in Voices of Africa Episode 5 – Woman, Womb, World. YouTube, 10 Apr. 2015