Between January 10-12, 2020, 13 womxn came together at lalela. place of listening. These womxn answered an open invitation to join A Retreat in Collaborative Poetics* facilitated by Refilwe Nkomo, Kathy Engel and Maia Marie. The invitation was to spend time with the question: When we listen to the land what do we hear? And to work with this question collaboratively – in a lyrical process of experiencing the making and living of poetry as something shared, interconnected and generative. The featured warrior womxn who make up this offering in the form of Collaborative Poetics - Conversations with Lalela: Anna Sango Annika Slabbert Athambile Masola Faith Itumeleng Thobejane Itumeleng Moeketsi Kathy Engel Kundai Moyo Lali Tshikalange Lenka Vrablikova Maia Marie Molemo Moiloa Gapare Natalia Flores Garrido Refilwe Nkomo This conversation is part of an ongoing project “Does the land tell the story if we listen?”, with lalela. a place of listening and manifested in collaboration with many beings. It is an invitation into listening to and with the land as a starting point for how we dream and act in the world, for ourselves and each other.