September PoeThree Special
Our special poetry bundle, including:
Landscapes of Courage
These poems span much of my life. Each one is part of the landscape of my heart. Some carry the inevitable scars left by the loss of love and loved ones. Some are a celebration. Some are a call to live a deeper life. Others mark the beautiful external landscapes that have been part of my journey.
What each poem has in common is courage: the courage to look at the world through the sharp lens of the poet’s eye; the courage to write the barbed-wire lines; to use tears as ink and the courage to dance with words.
I hope, as you journey through these pages, that you will find at least one poem, or a line of a poem, that speaks to your own journey.
To Breathe Into Another Voice
Edited by Myesha Jenkins
‘Writing about jazz is like dancing about architecture,’ observed Thelonius Monk. It’s possibly one of the few times he was wrong. Jazz poetry is almost as old as jazz itself. Poets such as Thulani Davis, Langston Hughes and our own Keorapetse Kgositsile and Mongane Wally Serote have long heard the patterns of music and its makers and transformed and re-enacted those patterns in compelling words. Given South Africa’s venerable jazz tradition, it’s perhaps surprising that it’s taken so long for more fundis to be tapped for their responses to our kind of jazz. But it takes a special brew of ingredients for this kind of book to come together. You need an inspired guiding spirit, such as editor and jazzwoman-in-words Myesha Jenkins, and you need a vat in which the ingredients can mix and bubble. That’s been provided by all those who’ve opened stages for the music to happen, and most recently by the Orbit where Jazz & Poetry Nights brought words and music together, each a kind of yeast that helped the other to ferment and rise. You’ll find everything here in To Breathe Into Another Voice: faithful and fantastical accounts of the jazz life and jazz people as well as reflections on the music as a metaphor for how we live – or, maybe more importantly, how we’d like to live. All you need to do now is open the covers, start reading, and dance joyously about the architecture.
Gwen Ansell – journalist and jazz critic
‘These poems kept me smiling from my depths. Sarah captured life and rounded it up as the circle it is. Portrayed scenes of death that could presumably be turned into moments of gloom and doom formed a perfect and beautiful dance of life. They are filled with hope and looking through pure child-like eyes, you can’t help but feel fires of wanting to stay alive and try again; spark, creating a wild fire – making one want to dance and walk barefoot on the cold wet morning dew. They are filled with love and praise for all of nature and human kind. We are blessed to be able to take another walk through life and see it for what it truly is, even death has found its beauty and its rhythm. “WE ARE BUILDING”’
Gloria Bosman – musician