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Poetry International features Loftus Marais, Kelwyn Sole and Joan Metelerkamp

Loftus MaraisJoan Metelerkamp Kelwyn SoleLoftus Marais, Kelwyn Sole and Joan Metelerkamp are the featured poets in Poetry International’s most recent South African feature. Sarah Ream, Poetry International’s web editor based in Rotterdam introduces the poets:

Young prize-winning Afrikaans poet Loftus Marais is represented by five poems which, as Charl-Pierre Naudé writes, focus on “the throwaway moment, the unexpected illumination, the shy revelation – all of which shine through the muck and mutability and banality of everyday life with a charming persistence. And with reluctant love”. For the bathos of its second line, and its wry juxtaposition of suburbia with nature, ‘Still Life with Wild Life’, is one of my favourites.

English-language poet Kelwyn Sole’s prose poems from his collection Land Dreaming explore South African identity, fears and inter-racial (mis)communication. The most striking of his poems here is perhaps ‘Gardening Tips’, a poem both ironic and troubling, which takes the form of a TV gardening-show transcript.

Joan Metelerkamp also writes in English, though her work is very different to Sole’s – in fact, argues her publisher Colleen Higgs, her work has more in common with writers such as Michael Ondaatje and Anne Carson than with other South African poets.

Links to previous South African issues
March 2008
September 2008
December 2008
December 2009

Book details

Staan in die algemeen nader aan vensters

Land Dreaming

Burnt Offering


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