"I am in the process of reading the book (Greater Matter) and I highly recommend it. Silke was so kind to sign a copy for me. It is beautiful and filled with passion. Honestly the reason I'm having trouble getting through it is each poem makes me stop and think . Thank you Silke." - Daniel Dischino, Massachusetts (review written October 2022)
Daniel also left a five star review on Amazon -
"This is one of those rare poetry books that you can cherish for many years. Reading a few at a time and pondering in meditation after. The author's writing style is universal to be very easily relatable. I have returned to a some poems a few times and expect to many times over. A must book for any poetry lover, and a great beginning for those just discovering its beauty."
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"The way you present the works of others, what you choose to pass on, and your own prose and poetry, are unmistakeably songs for the heart of humanity." - Richard Benjamin, Rraagwe Botlhe (father of Botlhe)
"It was a story of love beyond what everybody tells you is the end." - Alison Faraday, life coach, Noordhoek, Cape Town
"It's given me courage to write about our own experiences and lives, because it's natural. It's natural. We should be able to talk about our feelings and not be behind glass walls. Very moving." - Cathy Dippnall, writer and editor, Fish Hoek, Cape Town
"Beautifully assemblaged - a collage of words that create meaning." - Gila Symons, artist, Barrydale, S.A.
"Love all your poems Silke. Just been reading through them and thinking how much you have grown over the years to this full blown poet genius." - Christine Watt, Percheron breeder, author of Journeys with Giants, Outeniqua Moon, Mossel Bay
"I find your connection with all of life comes through as a strong wake-up call. Magical writing." - Jeff Rankin, artist, East London
"I enjoy the way your imagination takes flight. Very fine." - Ed Burle, Cape Town
"Sensational! Thank you for sharing your precious thoughts and feelings." - Celia Fitzgerald, retired, Edinburgh, U.K.
"So powerful!!!! Love your use of words." - Pauline Fine, artist, Glencairn, Cape Town
"Speaks right through me." - Anton Calitz, musician, Uitenhage
"Wow! Thank you for for sharing your gifts. It's a skill not bestowed to many, a gift of not only writing and expression, but even more so a gift of sharing your experience in such a way that it feels like ours." - Miki Kruger, Yoga teacher, Hogsback
"Your book of poems dedicated to your husband, of your life together is a great honour to his memory & your life together. I treasure my copy of "Greater Matter" purchased. Lots of depth, but also great humour which certainly gave me the giggles on some. I definitely recommend your book to those experiencing deep loss, or like me are just a romantic at heart. Thank you Silke for sharing of your and Norman's life together in poem form, sending the message that true love never fades; it goes on beyond the grave in one's heart & memories." - Lorraine Cockrell, Johannesburg
"Your poetry is inspirational!!! All my best wishes for your future endeavours." - Ingrid Esselen, stay-at-home mom of 4, Maputo, Mozambique
"Thought provoking, exquisite Silke, through your poems I see and feel your experiences, as if I am there. There’s a vibrancy that just carries one ... A sense of freshness too." - Paul Wilkinson, U.K.
"Very touching. I'm loving all your poems that you so lavishly share with us!" - Mari de Beer, writer and foreign language tutor, Cape Town
"I loved GREATER MATTER.
A stunning, amazing piece of work Silke, wrought from so much god-damn honest pain – flip.
I’ve read it three times and I know I will come back to it.
- Anne Keating, author of 'Wild Voices', Haga-Haga
"Silke, you are truly remarkable with what you have achieved in completing the poetry volumes and it's an absolute honour to buy your books. Your work is beautiful to the core! Love, freedom - we all need it and that is what makes your poetry so special." - Rowena Eldridge Lile, artist, Mississippi, U.S.
"I was one of the fortunate members of the Barrydale poetry group to attend Silke's reading of love poems by herself and Norman Morrissey. John van Wyngaard read the male voice.
It was early winter's evening, and we were gathered in the van Wyngaard home - warm and inviting, exactly the right setting for the reading of these moving poems. I was so struck, not only by Silke's telling use of words and cadence, but also by the quality of her delivery of words. Each word was like a pebble dropped into a pond, where it reverberated in ripples of meaning and pleasure. The room was absolutely still, apart from the two voices, and for an hour or so we were suspended in a world that echoed with the beauty of the minds of two spirited poets. It was a privilege indeed." - Leslie Howard,
Author of the poetry collection Under the Moon, Barrydale