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Percy Zvomuya Reviews The Institute for Taxi Poetry by Imraan Coovadia

The Institute for Taxi PoetryVerdict: carrot

A few pages into Imraan Coovadia’s new novel, The Institute for Taxi Poetry (Umuzi), and after briefly being tricked into swallowing its preposterous thesis, I upbraided myself for being insufficiently observant of Cape Town’s taxi life.

I visit the city often enough, so how had I missed the poems inscribed on the taxis that Coovadia writes about? I also wondered why this cerebral development had not wandered up north to Johannesburg. Coovadia’s fourth novel is set in the city whose “cod-liver-oil sky” could signal “the possibility of rain in 10 minutes or blazing sun”.

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