Books by Rethabile Masilo

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At its core, Qoaling is a book about the body and movement: from Eden, to prison, and into exile. Masilo’s poetics move through death and loss while remaining attentive to the inviolability of language. (more)

Letter to Country by Rethabile Masilo is a poetry collection that blends together life experiences from a childhood in Lesotho and South Africa during a time of apartheid with adulthood in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee and beyond.  … (more)


The poems in Waslap are intimate, playful and ironic; mysterious, urban, heartbreaking, and painful.  … (more)


In his debut collection, Things That Are Silent, Rethabile Masilo has crafted poems that bear witness to seemingly unnoticed events.  … (more)



Rethabile Masilo blogs at Poéfrika and co-edits  Canopic Jar. He is a Mosotho poet who enjoys reading and writing. He lives in Paris, France, with his wife and two children, where he writes and reads poetry. His work has been published in various magazines and online. He is the author of four poetry collections: Qoaling (Onslaught Press, 2018), Letter to Country (Canopic, 2016), Things That Are Silent (Pindrop Press, 20012) and Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015).

Rethabile was born in 1961 in Lesotho and left his country with his parents and siblings to go into exile in 1980. He moved through The Republic of South Africa (very short stay, on account of the weight of Apartheid), Kenya and the United States of America, before settling in France in 1987.