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Video: Pitika Ntuli Speaks About Becoming an Artist and Poet While in Exile

Pitika Ntuli: The poetryPikita Ntuli, the author of Pitika Ntuli: The poetry, was interviewed on Morning Live on SABC.

In this interview, he speaks about the journey he took to become an artist, writer and academic. He says there was nothing in his childhood that prompted him to become an artist; he didn’t even know any artists from where he grew up. He went into exile in Swaziland, and then accepted a scholarship to study in the United States of America. He says that art is a language that oils our lives on a day to day basis.

Ntuli recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the arts.

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Kom luister na Melt Myburgh en kie tydens Joburg Stadsfees se Optelverse-produksie by Il Gardino Décor

 
OewerbestaanDie ABSA Johannesburg Stadsfees nooi jou na ‘n heerlike produksie waar digters en musikante jou met poësie, musiek, improvisasie, toonsettings en interpretasies van mekaar se werke sal vermaak.

Kom luister op Sondag, 5 Oktober 2014 na Melt Myburgh (Oewerbestaan) en kie in die produksie getiteld “Optelverse”. Jo Prins, Rian Malan, René Bohnen, Les Javan en Izak du Plessis sal saam met Myburgh optree.

Kaartjies kos R80 per persoon en kan aanlyn gekoop word. Die geleentheid begin om 12:00.

Moet dit nie misloop nie!

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Karin Schimke wins 2014 Ingrid Jonker prize for Bare & Breaking

Karin SchimkeBare and Breaking

Congratulations to Karin Schimke for winning the Ingrid Jonker prize for her debut collection of poetry, Bare & Breaking. As a publishing house, we couldn’t be more pleased or prouder of you and for you!

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Karin Schimke wins 2014 Ingrid Jonker Prize for an ‘unapologetically erotic and intimate’ collection with a perfect narrative arc

Three judges have returned a resounding verdict that places Karin Schimke as the clear winner of the 2014 Ingrid Jonker Prize for a debut collection of poetry. In their citations, Bare & breaking (published by Modjaji in 2012) is described as ‘head and shoulders above the other works in terms of craft, pace, depth of content, and having a clearly established and robust aesthetic’. Schimke is praised for ‘the elegance and precision of [her] craft in a volume marked by ‘sensuousness’ and ‘unapologetically erotic and intimate’ content.

Two judges singled Bare & breaking out for its ‘internal arc’ which takes us from love and unease through crisis and fury, to numbness, grief, and finally, redemption, where the poet clambers at last to a fragile place of safety. … Throughout, the writer bears in mind the reader, connecting her private pain to a more universal one as in the final poem ‘The Quiet Way Back’. …While carried forward by her story, we are ultimately included in a collective grief that defines us all as human.

This year’s judges were Beverly Rycroft, Liesl Jobson and Professor Geoffrey Haresnape. Judges of the Ingrid Jonker prize are unaware of one another’s identities until judging is complete.

Karin Schimke will receive her prize at a special event in Cape Town in October.

The Ingrid Jonker Prize is awarded in alternate years to the best debut collection in English or Afrikaans. The prize consists of a medal by the sculptor Bill Davis and the interest on an amount of money originally donated for this purpose by Ingrid Jonker’s friends at her ‘second funeral’ in 1965.

We at Modjaji Books are thrilled in another way too, this is the third Ingrid Jonker prize awarded to a poet that we have published. The first was Megan Hall for Fourth Child, she won the Ingrid Jonker in 2008, her book was published in 2007. And then Beverly Rycroft won the 2012 Ingrid Jonker for her collection, missing, published in 2011.

To read some of Karin’s poems from Bare & Breaking click here. By the way, Michelle McGrane’s poetry blog is a rich treasury of the work of many poets, explore further than just where you land.

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Book Launch: Now The World Takes These Breaths by Joan Metelerkamp

TNow the World Takes These Breathshe Book Lounge and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Joan Metelerkamp’s eighth volume of poetry, Now the World Takes These Breaths. Joan will be in conversation with Colleen Crawford Cousins, and will read from her new collection.

“If there is a poet in South Africa today who writes the voice of the soul – made awful flesh, fragile, flagrant – then it must be Joan Metelerkamp.” Kobus Moolman

As we have come to expect with Joan Metelerkamp’s work, these poems can be read individually or, more rewardingly, as a body, from cover to cover. Formal but fluent, the ‘sonnets’ ( ‘soundings’) of this sequence marry cycle and narrative, old and new, secular and sacred, momentary and eternal. This is a strange and immediately familiar book – at its simplest it traces the story of a mother’s “letting-go” her grown children, a daughter’s relocation to the Northern hemisphere, a wedding, shadows of deaths and losses, sparks of joy. It recalls the story of Demeter and Persephone, but goes on from there in immediately accessible South African, contemporary terms. Above all, it celebrates!

More about Joan Metelerkamp
Joan Metelerkamp is one of South Africa’s foremost poets. She is the author of seven previous books of poems. Her poetry is quite different to that of most of her local contemporaries and has been favourably compared to that of Anne Carson and Louise Glück. Her work won literary prizes (SANLAM, Sydney Clouts) in the early 1990s and later she judged the DALRO and Ingrid Jonker prizes. Her poems have been widely published in local and international anthologies of South African poetry, and she has taken part in readings and literary festivals here and in Europe and America. She edited the South African poetry journal New Coin for some years and has also written poetry reviews and essays. She lives on a farm near Knysna.

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Video: Vriende, kollegas en familie bring hulde aan DJ Opperman by Universiteit Stellenbosch

Die Departement Afrikaans en Nederlands van die Universiteit Stellenbosch het onlangs die lewe en werk van DJ Opperman gevier in die einste Wilcocks-saal waar hy destyds self klas gegee het. Die personeel het ’n video met hoogtepunte van die aand se verrigtinge op YouTube gedeel sodat diegene wat nie daar kon wees nie ook kan deel in die huldeblyk.

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Dorothea van Zyl was die seremoniemeester en het gaste verwelkom deur ’n persoonlike staaltjie oor haar tyd as een van sy studente te deel:

“Ek het altyd gesorg dat ek heel voor sit en ek het as ’t ware elke woord wat hy sê so gegryp voor die ander studente dit kon kry en ek het dit in my digbundels neergeskryf en ek het dit onbeskaamd my hele lewe lank gebruik vir my aantekeninge van dit was vir my die wonderlikste goed wat hy gesê het. As jy dit gehoor het! Dit was fantasties, en dit was die moeite werd.”

Louise Viljoen het gesels oor die tradisies wat Opperman in die departement gevestig het en genoem dat sy nalatenskap en impak tot vandag toe nog in hul geledere gevoel word. Sy dogter Trienke Laurie het vertel van haar kinderjare in sy huis, waar hy met ’n diep stem vir hulle Brolloks en Bittergal voorgelees het. Diederi het ook teer herinneringe aan haar pa gedeel.

André P Brink het onthou hoe Opperman “’n hele geselskap kon aangryp, ontroer en vermaak” met die woorde wat hy “op die oomblik sommer optower uit byna niks”. Lina Spies se staaltjie getuig van Opperman se ferm leierskap as dosent en Chris van der Merwe se anekdote onthou sy geweldige wysheid en insig. “Meeste studente van Opperman het Opperman-dissipels geword,” het Van der Merwe beklemtoon.

“Hoe skerts ’n mens oor iemand wat nooit ’n gek van homself gemaak het nie?” het Etienne Britz onthou en die erns van Opperman se karakter onthou wie altyd pretensieloos en plat-op-die-aarde was.

Die bekende stemkunstenaar Johann Nel het tydens die geleentheid van Opperman se bekendste, en minder bekende, verse voorgedra. Wium van Zyl het ’n gedig oor dié grootste digter gedeel en Ronel Foster het gesels oor haar bewondering vir sy intellek en skerpheid wat sy as voorgraadse student vir hom gehad het.

Bertie du Plessis, bekende sakemanskrywer, het gesels oor die empatie wat hy by Opperman geleer het en die waarde daarvan vir bemarking. “’n Groot digter, dit is hy en sal hy altyd bly. En ek bly elke jaar verbyster oor dit wat ’n mens steeds terugvind in sy poësie. Hy het my lewe verander, my lewensuitkyk as digter. Dit wat ek my digters leer het ek alles by hom geleer,” het Joan Hambidge met die gehoor gedeel en gedigte wat sy in gesprek met hom geskryf het, voorgelees.

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Jannie Malan ondersoek "Sehnsucht" en "Saudade" as konsepte in verskeie digters se werk

In ligte laaieDie digter Jannie Malan, wie se digbundel In ligte laaie vroeër vanjaar by Protea Boekhuis verskyn het, skryf op Versindaba oor die gevoel van heimwee of nostalgie wat hom dikwels beetpak wanneer hy alleen in verkeer sit.

Malan poog om die hunkering te beskryf: “Dit is ’n gevoel wat ek baie maal in gedigte raakloop. Opgekrul tussen die woorde, versteek agter die letters, styf teen die wit van die bladsy.”

Malan verduidelik die betekenis van die Duitste woord “Sehnsucht” en ondersoek hoe verskeie digters die gevoel van verlange, verslawing, en ’n diepe hunkering in hul werk versinnebeeld. Die Portugese woord “Saudade” beskryf “die liefde wat agterbly”, skryf Malan.

Malan vind dieselfde leemte in ’n gedig deur NP van Wyk Louw uit Tristia:

Jy’t weggegaan

Jy’t weggegaan en jy bewoon
’n silwer herberg in die sneeu
jou vensters kyk nog elke nag
met drie blink oë na die plein
die plein is boom en wind en boom
en wind en wind
en wintermiddag voer daar iemand
die meeue krummels teen die wind

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