Poems under construction

So, I’ve been writing (bad) poetry since I can remember. I think the first ones were probably just rip-offs of bad Gé Korsten songs (but Annetjie, weren’t they all bad?) but we’ll forget about that. uHlanga Press recently announced that they will open admissions to unsolicited manuscripts in February 2017, and I decided to give […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 10: “future”

Today marks the end of my 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of (WordPress.) My last assignment is “future” and I’m using thé classic poetic device, a sonnet. What misty-eyed premonition would the fortuneteller sing If I had had a coin to spare or an offering to bring? Would she read my palm inside my eyes and […]

Intro to Poetry, Day 9: “landscape”

  I recently started a 10-day #introtopoetry course, courtesy of WordPress. (You can sign up too.) My ninth assignment is “landscape” and I’m using the poetic device apostrophe. When I left you the first time Your sounds and smells still tingling on my face I thought, ‘this is the last time’. I turned my back […]

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 […]