Every word a poem, unbound

Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Ko Un is Korea’s world famous poet and certainly its most prolific with well over 100 books to his name. His magnum opus is Maninbo, translated literally as Ten Thousand Lives – 10 000 being a metaphor for very many in Korean – begun in prison (he has been thrown in jail many times, once se ...

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Breyten, Bill and Oubaas

Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Curator Breyten Breytenbach (left) with poet Bill Dodd (middle) and Oubaas, Breyten’s father (right). ...

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Ko Un’s poem at the cairn

Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013
I am still wondering which would be a better translation of the poem Ko Un recited at the cairn ceremony. When it rains grass dance; stones get to sleep. or, more direct and faithful translation to the original, Showered grass dance, showered stones sleep. A poets’ cairn was ...

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Dancing in Other Words Festival by Retha Ferguson

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Through my involvement with SLiPnet I have been photographing book launches and poetry events since I moved to Cape Town. It’s a rare privilege to work alongside public intellectuals, writers and poets on a regular basis. So I was delighted when Spier approached me to photograph the Dancing i ...

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Dancing with words of courage and inspiration

Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013
Praise singers brings unity and humanity Praise singers have sharp eyes to foresee the future Poets are the detonators of racism and oppression Poets have broader shoulders to carry the burdens of our nations Praise singers are liberators of people’s minds Praise singers are van ...

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The beautiful poetry tiles created by the Spier Architectural Arts

Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
The Spier Architectural Arts assisted in leaving a tactile legacy of the dancing in other words Poetry festival through an artistic medium, and will replace multiple brick pavers on a walkway at Spier with a series of handmade ceramic pavers. This pavers has handwritten words of participating poets ...

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