Current Newsletter No. 39, September 2018
September's newsletter takes its inspiration from Heritage Day and focuses on a variety of perspectives in this regard.
The editorial offers a take on the relationship between language and our ancestral connections with a natural, pre-urban landscape - our earthly heritage, if you like, as reflected in the ways we utter sounds. I distinguish broadly between 'rural' and 'urban' poetry, electing to avoid the term 'pastoral' due to its being loaded with the meaning of 'idyllic'.
Then, there are two poems for you to enjoy - one by Gabeba Baderoon and one by myself - on our local human heritage, with specific focus on the question of race.
Baderoon's poem is taken from her new poetry volume, The History of Intimacy, to be launched this coming Monday, 1st October 2018, at the Book Lounge in Cape Town - an event to look out for if you are in the vicinity.
Your responses to all these pieces are so very welcome.
I've repeated my call for contributions to Perspective Publications' I'm From Here and She Persisted themes; the former seems especially fitting during this month. In fact, I endeavour to compose a contribution myself in one of my few spare moments.
Thanks to Archie Swanson who sent me a warming report-back of what sounds like a very enjoyable reading he gave from his book, the stretching of my sky (featured in February's newsletter earlier this year), in Barrydale on the 22nd of August.
Please do follow his example and send me report-backs of events you were or will be involved in - this newsletter offers you a platform for announcements as well as reflections on your own poetic activities.
Two further significant events are lined up for the coming month -
So, if you are in Grahamstown on the 11th, or in Hogsback on the 13th - you know what to do!
Thanks once again to Leigh Barrett of Perspective Publications for hosting this newsletter online at
Enjoy the read and the think!
Yours in fellowship