Now in its 8th year, the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award has been the launching pad for upcoming poets. From slam poetry to formal rhyme, the anthology is a celebration of language and cultural diversity. Assembled by a brilliant team of judges, this year’s compilation contains the best poems from 500 entries, including 10 of the 11 South African languages. Named after Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932), the award recognizes the life and vision of this highly respected political and social activist. The hope is that the included poetry in this anthology will reveal the political and social attitudes of our time, and reflect the complex, nuanced and uncomfortable truths of life in South Africa.