Monthly Archives: October 2015
The three poems shorlisted for the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award are now up at BooksLIVE. My poem, though, does not appear as it should be. So I am posting it here as a PDF for interested readers. I first read the poem a few months ago in front of a small but warm audience in Observatory, Cape Town when I was invited at OFF THE WALL by Hugh Hodge.
Click the following link to read my poem as it should look:
The Jacana Literary Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award winners.
From the longlist of poems selected by a jury of distinguished South African poets, senior judge Dr Mongane Wally Serote, winner of the prestigious Golden Wreath Award, has selected the three finalists for this year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.
In no particular order, the three shortlisted poems are:
• Jim Pascual Agustin, for ‘Baleka, What do You Know of Tenders and Thieves? Or Cockroaches for that Matter?’
• Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, for ‘A Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion’
• Athol Williams, for ‘Streetclass Diseases’
The winners will all receive cash prizes.
How these poems have been placed, and the overall winner, will be announced at an event hosted by Poetry Africa at 18:00 on 17 October 2015 at Rivertown Beerhall in Durban.
The anthology will be launched at 15:00 on the same day, at 8 Morrison Street, Durban.
Cha: an Asian Literary Journal has picked up another one of my pieces.
I wrote “Knife Cut on Leather” some years ago and didn’t quite know what it was or where I could send it. So it lay in hibernation until I joined a private online discussion group whose generous but critical members (critical and supportive in the best way I can imagine) told me to forget what to call the piece. It was apparently complete as it was and I should let readers decide what to make of it.
Please read and tell me what you think of the piece.