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Donkerkamer | Poetry & Poetry Anthologies

Fourie Botha

Queillerie

Shortlisted for the Ingrid Jonker Prize 2013

A debut book of poetry about images and looking: at photographs and artwork, at the creatures that hide in dreams and at the recollections of youth imprinted on the film of memory. Animal and bird imagery comments on violence, the loss of innocence and vulnerability, but also on desire and corporeality.



This collection of poems avers that watching and telling can never be innocent; that images are developed in the dark.

Erediens

Langs ʼn hoofweg, in ʼn kerk,
honderd kilo’s na die naaste dorp,
sing ʼn gemeente, dertig lede sterk,
die gesang “O goedheid Gods”.

Dis warm. Die banke laat merke
op die mans se wit hemde –
baadjies te wreed in die bloedige hitte –
dreunende dakwaaiers doof die gesing,
vensters gaap wyd, bring geen bries.

ʼn Ligte steuring in my pa se stem
as ʼn swaeltjie die kerk binneswiep,
opswenk na die dak waar die waaiers is.
Op, op, steeds op. O goedheid Gods.
Niks gaan kan keer: dié klein ontmoeting
van lem, vlerk en veer.

Stil stap my pa om die voëltjie te haal,
tussen twee rye banke kry hy die swael.
Hy loop kerk uit met die vlerkaf vlieër,
knak die fyn nek buite die deur.

Vuursalamander

die vuursalamander is water en asem
hy soek ʼn gaatjie in verrotte hout
kielie die grond met sy aspersielyf
hy trek die swaelreuk in sy lawalonge in
eiers van reuse-pouoogmotte bot
in die kompos kraak dooie duisendpote
gooi jy die stomp op die vuur verskyn
hy soos ʼn verdwaasde lampgees
die klein draak skarrel na die skadu
sluk sy stert in voetjie vir voetjie
 

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Donkerkamer | Poetry & Poetry Anthologies


Author: Fourie Botha
Category: Poetry & Poetry Anthologies
ISBN: 9780795800221
Date Released: 10 June 2011
Price (incl. VAT): R 205.00
Format: Soft cover, 80 pp

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Fourie Botha


Fourie Botha grew up in Bethal on the Highveld and in Nietverdiend in the Marico. He studied publishing and English at the UP and published educational books...

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