True Happiness

“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them! “Happy are those who are humble; They will receive what God has promised! “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! “Happy are those who are merciful to others; God…

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manenberg

short sharp wild turns, off the n2 into the long long vanguard drive dark dangerous, in the night blazing bright light past a corner café there is still light vagabond standing guard over turf protectively protecting master’s protectorate desolate isolated school, closed a field of weeds windswept breezing brown sand still sweeps sight surrounded, wired…

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Short Transitions

Here is a note I wrote a few years ago before Jacob Zuma came to power in a still-divided South Africa. “A master and a servant can never be friends.” It is a remark on the ironies of apartheid and the attempt by seasoned South African short story writers to make transitions and reach (positive)…

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Approaches to Disgrace

“For the Romantics, poets and artists are endowed with powers of imagination that are not only superior to those of ordinary mortals, but are creative in the strict sense of the word; that is, the poet, by his imagination, brings something new into existence.” Some time ago I was asked to consider an approach to…

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