Letter to Country 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. In Letter to Country, his third published poetry collection, Masilo demonstrates why he continues to receive international praise for his superb craftsmanship and profound sensitivities.
Rethabile Masilo blogs at Poéfrika and co-edits Canopic Jar. He 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. 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), Waslap (The Onslaught Press, 2015) and Things That Are Silent (Pindrop Press, 20012).