Stem of the Moon
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The much-anticipated sequel to the turtle dove told me (Modjaji Books, 2013), which won a SALA Award in 2014, stem of the moon is the second volume in a trilogy that spans the years 1990 - 2010.

In this collection, Sliepen paints impressions of a small town, Clarens in the Free State, as well as glimpses of life in the Netherlands and Bali. The reader shares the intimate experience of the birth of her first child and the poems take us on a profound journey through Namibia. Sliepen's latest collection is a love song to a child, a lover, a mother, and the quiet strength of the moon that connects us all.



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Date de parution 19 novembre 2021
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781928433330
Langue English

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stem of the moon
Thandi Sliepen
Published in 2021 by Modjaji Books Cape Town, South Africa
© Thandi Sliepen
Thandi Sliepen has asserted her right to be identified as the author of this work.
All rights reserved.
No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying or recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system without permission from the publisher.
Cover artwork ‘boy and the moon’, 1994 by Thandi Sliepen
Edited by Arja Salfranca
Book layout by Andy Thesen
Set in Garamond
Printed and bound by Digital Action, Cape Town
ISBN print: 978-1-928433-31-6
ISBN ebook: 978-1-928433-33-0
if you are walking in a garden
and the sun is weighing you down
wait for the night
you can lean on the stem
of the moon
Dedicated to Glen Green and the twenty-three gentle years we had together.
here things
ten cents
chile our madman
old bethlehem car guard
black snow
artist’s cafe
saturday sounds
the girl on the planet
here things
shell song
kelp forest
the standing place
shell song
poem to an unborn child
in labour with you
the ladybirds are in the apricot trees
your ancient owl eyes
the fabled land
in the garden of the gods
motouleng cave
the ladybirds are in the apricot trees
autumn sun
dead pan
lekhubu island
the himba
quiver tree
odd shards of life
mangosteen moon
conch shell prayer
the tower
garland prayer
autumn lane
at the end of the day
atlantic giant
moth song
stem of the moon
time overgrown
your beloved
epitaph song
lieve mama
at the end of the day
shore song
here things

ten cents
the children
like butterflies
are out after the rain
swarming down the streets
fluttering and begging for fruit

all day white butterflies
have come from the northwest
from the direction of the rain and wind
where the sun sets
in winter

in this river of life
are the young always
hatched downstream
forever does the current run and none
lays its eggs where it begun

the children
like butterflies
are flowing through the town
standing outside doors and shops
for rands and ten cents

silent witnesses
to passing wealth and summer
waiting in the wings
or pouring forth
after the rain

chile our madman
is carefully walking
around the village square
as if examining
his own personal gift

as if it were laid out just so
in design and perspective
for his pleasure
that he might delight
in observing its ways

blue sweatshirt
knobbly knees
hands buttoned into pockets
of flared schoolboy shorts
chile travels distant lands each day
around this
our square

while the town bustles and revolves
in its own orbit
tourists flock the shops
to buy stones
unhappy children trailing
unhappy parents
holding up the stones

they have found it
what they always wanted
all their lives
they depart carrying their weights
driving aw

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