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Beauty Came Grovelling Forward

Beauty Came Grovelling Forward: A Selection of South African Poetry and Prose on Big Bridge – Gary Cummiskey guest edited this new edition of the online magazine Big Bridge.
Here’s Gary’s intro:

The work contained in this Big Bridge feature is by no means a wide representation of contemporary South African writing. It is rather a bringing together of some writers whose work I respond to, and there are of course many fine writers whose work is not here. It is therefore not a general “anthology of South African writing”. It is nevertheless hoped this selection will give readers an insight into the diversity of creative voices in South Africa; a diversity that is in part reflective of the multicultural nature of South African society.

The voices range from established names such as Kobus Moolman and Kelwyn Sole, to newer ones such as Neo Molefe Shameeyaa. There is the performance-orientated work of Richard Fox and Mphutlane wa Bofelo, and the socio-political voice of Vonani Bila. There are mavericks such as Aryan Kaganof and Goodenough Mashego, and the subjective lyricism of Alan Finlay and Mxolisi Nyezwa. There are also several women represented: Arja Salafranca, Haidee Kruger, Janet van Eeden, Megan Hall, Colleen Higgs, Makhosazana Xaba and Neo Molefe Shameeyaa.

The short fiction selection is only a handful of pieces, but again it is hoped they will indicate the diversity of short fiction writing in South Africa: from the poetic prose of Haidee Kruger and fantasy of Silke Heiss, to the playfulness of Liesl Jobson. There are the parables of Allan Kolski Horwitz and the exploration of relationships in the realistic work of Colleen Higgs and Arja Salafranca. Pravasan Pillay’s story is a sensitive study of early adolescence while Gary Cummiskey’s surreal horror story touches on issues central to a historically divided society: isolation, the Other, uncertainty and violence.

I’m pleased to have a poem and short story published here and to see Modjaji authors Megan Hall, Arja Salafranca & Makhosazana Xaba (forthcoming); as well as Book SA’s Liesl Jobson featured here.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    August 3rd, 2009 @12:31 #

    Hey, Col, thanks for toot! Gary is a dedicated promoter of SA lit.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    August 3rd, 2009 @12:39 #

    Already stumbled onto this, reading Megan's two new poems. Spare, wry, vintage Megan. Read Colleen's piece (it is familiar because it's also in Half-born Women, or because it's so archetypally true of relationships gone bad?). Torn between reading the rest of Big Bridge, browsing AR's entire blog (you modest creature, why no linkee before?) and doing urgent work.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    August 4th, 2009 @07:43 #

    "The Easier Option" wasn't in Halfborn Woman. (Just for the record).
    Hope Off the Wall went brilliantly last night, Helen. I'm sure it did. Am waiting to hear all.


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