New Contrast is one of the first South African literary journals and it is devoted to publishing the best of poetry and prose, art, reviews and interviews from both local and international authors.


NEW CONTRAST Issue 194 – Winter 2021

This issue contains a collection of contributors who, while diverse in background and approach, share a focus in their investigation of the complexities of human relationships, whether those relationships are cultivated with ourselves, with others, or with the planet. Included are the beautiful artworks by Adele van Heerden, poetry and prose by Dawn Garisch  Ntombi Kayise Mhlambi, Thaina Joyce, Edward Lee and many more.


NEW CONTRAST Issue 193 – Autumn 2021

Buy the latest issue of New Contrast now. This issue includes artwork by Greatjoy Ndlovu, poetry and prose by Busisiwe Mahlangu, Melissa Sussens, Lerothodi Lapula Leeuw, and many more. Also an interview with Simon van Schalkwyk about his poetry collection Transcontinental Delay.


by Caitlin Alice Wiggill


Shouting scares me because I was only ever used to
hearing it come out of my own mouth.
Streams of words and syllables tumbling over each other,
impatient and stampeding.

My mother, like a hawk who hates lime green
watching me spit anger and frustration into the world,
only to pick me up and tell me to breathe.
And because of her, I breathe.

We all do.

But I breathe as an air-eater
great big gulps never-ending
and if you stand in the way of my meal,
I will breathe you in like old smoke.

(New Contrast issue 187)

Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses

‘n kunswerk deur Georgia O’Keeffe

deur Fourie Botha


In Nieu-Mexico se son
bleik Georgia O’Keeffe
die skedels van diere
spierwit, selfs
bleker as kapok.
In die woestyn
skroei sy vet
en sening weg
tot die kleur
van roos en steen,
brand lig deur been
en donker murg.

(New Contrast issue 177)

The Pigeon Farmer

by Abaashieyah Moses


Have you heard the sound of the pigeon farmer’s feeder
made from a recycled coffee tin, as he shakes it
at 5am calling for his winning birds
to come home? Have you seen these birds flying
in circles above their cage? Never straying far,
and never going missing. Notice how you and these birds
share a mutual sense of what and where home is –
even though you live in different rooms.

(New Contrast issue 191)