Klara du Plessis: I love poetry readings, but am often bored by them, whether attending or participating. Both in my creative and curatorial practice and in my scholarly research, I’ve been driven to think critically about literary curation and to knead the discipline into a more intentional site for the presentation and sharing of poetic work in performance.
I still wake weeping after dreams
of my grandmothers
wonder if they would like my small dog
what they would say to the cat.
Pessimism isn’t the disaster that we should be looking at. It’s optimism, it’s this
cruel motherfucker dressed in White and Floral and Sequins and yet is nothing but
Dagger and Sword.
Everything we are
comes from gathering together.
SB The morning after I exert, after leaving the ground, my body is screaming. I get carried away in the dancing of it — the push and the push and the repetitive action and the momentum.