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“I tell stories that are close to my heart” - Page. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:47

Nkululeko Ngenya - better known as Page - is a young poet from Durban. He is currently registered as a student of Marine Biology at UKZN Westville and started performing his poetry in 2011. Speaking of his influences he points out that his “poetry draws from characters such as my father and other close family”.

He has performed at Jomba!, Word N Sound Live Music & Poetry On Tour, Give Me Ten Mics, Cup O’ Thought and other nationally prestigious arts festivals. Forming part of the Poetry Africa SlamJam team, he competed against the European team from the Ordspråk Festival (Sweden) at the 16th Poetry Africa Festival in 2012 as well as being chosen to perform as the prelude poet for the for the same festival in the following year.  In addition, he was listed as one of the headliners at KwaZulu Poetry Festival in April of this year. Most recently he has performed as part of the rising youth art movement, Poet in a Suit.

Words by which he lives his art are, “poetry is not only in the words, but in the world. It is in the land, in the air and, mostly, in ourselves.”

Below is one of his most popular poems in which he speaks of a displaced rib. The rib functions as a proxy for a lost love. Keep an eye out for this young poet.


My Displaced Rib

At night each tear from all spheres in my eye assembles.

It's funny though for I do see the man in the mirror but I don't get who he resembles

No not even when I show my good side on its most clearest angle.

That's when I wish to go back to when life wasn't so tangled

You know, when we used to walk alongside the sunset kicking the beach sand with our sandals,

And you'd diss me about my big head and I'd joke about your freckles.

But now I take it you not fond of obesity for you don't understand what this love handles


It had my heart, wrapped in a fine crystal plate

Sealed in an envelope and addressed to your place

Plus for reference I had a picture of your face

Framed with a million stars which I handpicked from space.

You see I wanted to chain my soul to the straps of your heart

Until either it, or death does us part.


I know we are supposed to be apart but I just can't get off with it

Coz although you were so pure and clean I steal showered you with compliments

I know no language of love but I won't be surprised if now I'm talking it!

... and it's with it that I now whisper in your ear

Screechingly saying:

You can leave with my heart to keep.

But I'll pray for your displaced rib.


35th Durban International Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 July 2014 09:34

It's DIFF time again!  Our friends at the UKZN Centre for Creative Arts have been working tirelessly to put together this year's Durban International Film Festival and it promises to be the best one yet.  Head over the official DIFF website or the CCA website to get an electronic programme.

Robert Berold PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 July 2014 10:49

Robert Berold (1948 - ) is a poet and editor.  Born in Johannesburg, he matriculated from Hilton College in KwaZulu-Natal at the age of 16 before studying engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.  After graduating, he read economics and English literature at Cambridge University.  From 1989 to 1999, Berold served as the editor for the poetry journal New Coin.  He also taught English literature at Zhejiang University in the People's Republic of China from 2005 to 2006.

He is the author of four books of poetry – The Door to the River (Bateleur, 1984), The Fires of the Dead (Carrefour, 1989), Rain Across a Paper Field (Gecko Poetry, 1999) and All the Days (Deep South, 2008) – a biography, and one memoir titled Meanwhile Don’t Push and Squeeze (2007).

Denis Hirson has suggested that: "His pared down naming of essential things around him, the physicality of the encounter between words and local environment, free of intellectual artifice, along with an increasing meditative simplicity, combine to give his voice its distinctive sound in South Africa today."

Furthermore, Berold has been involved with encouraging and editing the works of other poets.  Collections that have benefited from his attention include those by Tatamkhulu Afrika, Nadine Botha, Angifi Dladla, Megan Hall, Mzi Mahola, Mzwandile Matiwana, Joan Metelerkamp, Seitlhamo Motsapi, Khulile Nxumalo, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Lesego Rampolokeng, Ari Sitas and Phillip Zhuwao.

He currently lives on a farm near Grahamstown with his wife, Mindy Stanford and is the coordinator of the creative writing programme at Rhodes University.  Along with Paul Wessels, he runs Deep South; a small imprint specialising in experimental South African writing, mostly poetry

the town’s new houses ( From Rain Across a Paper Field)

The town’s new houses stray in empty bush,

the old house stands in ruins.

The wind has gathered all the doubts

and blown them, one big questions, through the hills.

Following the dusk with my binoculars

I picked up distant traffic on the national road,

the tiny townships where the farmers

close their labourers in.

Still not sure what happened,

How the earth’s internal organs moved.

Found myself before a farmhouse,

dark transparencies of egrets beat across a vlei



1984.  The Door to the River.  Cape Town: Bateleur Press.

1989.  The Fires of the Dead.  Cape Town: Carrefour Press.

1999.  Rain Across a Paper Field. Scottsville: University of Natal Press.

2008. All the Days. Grahamstown: Deep South.


2003. Drive Out Hunger: the Story of JJ Machobane of Lesotho. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.

2007.  Meanwhile Don't Push and Squeeze: a Year of Life in China. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.

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