An EPIK soundtrack – 7 songs to help you cope with the stress of teaching abroad

  Let’s get real for a second; living and teaching in a foreign country can take its toll. No matter where you go, there will be days when your students and colleagues will feel unreachable to you, the language incomprehensible, the culture impenetrable. When these moments arrive, it’s important to remind yourself that: 1. Mama […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 8: “plesier”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My eighth assignment is “pleasure” and the literary device is anaphora or epistrophe. I’ve decided to write this one in Afrikaans, and to use the word “plesier” in a childhood sense. My maat is ’n apie – sy voortande makeer. […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 7: “flavour”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My seventh assignment is “flavour” and the literary device is found poetry. For this exercise, I used the fifth word on each odd page from my book The Honeymooners’ Cookbook (where words are repeated I cheated a little): Cookbook Need […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 6: “screen”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My sixth assignment is “screen” and the literary device is enjambment. Wake up Read a text Check your Facebook 23 notifications, wow! Scroll, bleary-eyed, holding one hand up to ward off the morning light. Shower, but first open all the […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 5: “imperfect”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My fifth assignment is “imperfect” and the literary device is limerick. There once was a girl who detested mess Mistakes and flaws she liked even less But when she grew up She discovered the pub And now greets blunders with […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 4: “journey”

I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My fourth assignment is “journey” and the literary device is simile.        Where are we going?   Home       it wasn’t the place.     What was home?      Where was home?    Where is home                             now? The first time up   up   up   upup   up      upup   up      in […]