Fragments

Voice weaving between the thud thud and doef doef a pattern of love lighting dark places in time and memory with happy endings and the ability to retrospectively celebrate that victory   She reads from postcards to a prison images of dawn and light and sand kissed toes years later from a stage while he … Continue reading

Fragment

Voice weaving between the thud thud and doef doef a pattern of love lighting dark places in time and memory with happy endings and the ability to retrospectively celebrate that victory She reads from postcards to a prison images of dawn and light and sand kissed toes years later from a stage while he sits … Continue reading

Morning

Oscar posted recently a comment which I will have to paraphrase, given my inability to find it. It was something along the lines of ‘we study because it provides us an intellectually distant way of dealing with our deepest issues’ or something to that effect (my apologies if I’m misrepresenting you). In this deep scramble … Continue reading

contained

contained she stands red and black wires trailing from her hands waiting to find out do they clamp red to red, or red to black live current running in her fingers containing the salt water instead the sky cries sunlit tears suspended in beauty shimmering slowly glimmering gold and for a moment everything is connected … Continue reading

eating the other words

Since undergrad, I’ve had this phrase from bell hook’s in my mind. She’s writing about the hegemonic white construction and consumption of ‘the other’. The desire to transgress the socially constructed boundaries, and taste the ‘exotic’. She writes: “ethnicity becomes spice, seasoning that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture.” She … Continue reading

red aquarium

A strange aquarium with fish on the outside pulsating reverberating in red light at the dead of night a waving and bobbing shaking and nodding clutching and beating sawing and blowing bowing and shaking through the wavelight rippling while all watched mesmerised the four-clawed tin tied cable tight bottle bow harp fish leaning into the … Continue reading

other peoples words 1

Extract from Ursula le Guin’s introduction to The Left Hand of Darkness “This book is not extrapolative. If you like, you can read it, and a lot of other science fiction, as a thought experiment…let’s say this or that is such and so, and see what happens…In a story so conceived, the moral complexity proper … Continue reading

the marvel of human inconsistency

Just a couple from the last few days: – on the back of a toilet door in a factory that uses rubber moulding and toxic chemicals to make parts for cars a sign that says “use aerosol sparingly (big smily sun with sunglasses graphic) – care for your environment” – another sign on a shop: … Continue reading

cape town carnival

The favourite moment of the evening – seeing the 70+ year old granny dancing her way up the street hanging on for dear life to the arm of the 50+ year old woman next to her, but never giving up… cellphone pics, which have their own kind of magic…

when impact spreads

I had the amazing opportunity this week to feed back to participants of the MerSeta HIV and AIDS programme the broader findings that they contributed to. Some of the feedback was a bit bleak, some of it really encouraging, most of it pointing towards the dire need for further and ongoing HIV and AIDS training, … Continue reading

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