Editorial
94.2

Forty years ago, Nadine Gordimer wrote an essay in The Dalhousie Review celebrating the publication of a number of poetry collections by black South Africans. A fierce public opponent of the censorship that imposed a “paralytic silence” on a generation of South African cultural producers, many of whom were imprisoned or forced into exile, Gordimer began her essay by noting that South Africa has “97 definitions of what is officially ‘undesirable’ in literature.” And so, she argued, “suspended between fear of expression and the need to give expression to an every greater pressure of grim experience,” many black writers are turning to poetry, a form that is arguably “less vulnerable” to censorship or banning than prose because its meanings are often implicit, negotiable. Primarily a novelist, Gordimer was careful...

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