Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Anthology Vol III Launched with Readings at The Book Lounge
On Wednesday night The Book Lounge was filled once again for the launch of The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol III, which brought together a varied group of poets and readers. The MC for the evening was Liesl Jobson, who was also a judge of the poetry competition. Other judges who sifted through the many entries and selected those that appear in the anthology were Goodenough Mashego and Johann de Lange. Dr Mongane Wally Serote chose the final winner, Kobus Moolman for his poem “Daily Duty”.
This is Jobson’s third year co-ordinating the anthology and she felt it was a “delight editing the book and engaging with poets from around South Africa”. She reflected on it having been “an absolutely fascinating task to behold what people are thinking about, what they are articulating”. She believes that “the poets, the writers and the artists are contemporary shamans, they are bringing to consciousness what is below the surface in all of our lives”. She explained that, “What we have found over the years of doing this, is that there is such a broad range of South African experience”.
The aim of this project is “to find those voices that speak most articulately, most powerfully with rich images and keenly observed detail, to bring to consciousness this common but tremendously varied experience”. Poets present at the event included Jim Agustin, Mia Arderne, Diane Awerbuck, Christine Coates, Graham Dukas, Uzair Ben Ebrahim, Kerry Hammerton, Geoffrey Haresnape, Genna Gardini, Dawn Garisch, Peter Merrington, Helen Moffett, Melt Myburgh, Karin Schimke, Anette Snyckers, Toni Stuart, Liz Trew and James Whyle. Some of them read their poems to the appreciative audience. The diversity of voices captured the audience’s attention right up until the last poem was read – Moolman’s winning “Daily Duty”.