Artless

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Last night I went to my first ever poetry reading at the KGB Bar in 4th E street in the East Village….I had no idea what to expect – the last time I heard poetry being read was during first year English Literature at Rhodes. The two poets were Erin Belieu and Brenda Shaughnessy and it was really lovely to bask in literature all evening without an air of pretentiousness.

It isn’t easy to listen to poetry being read because sometimes an image catches your imagination and you lose track, but I’m convinced now that all poetry should be read out aloud, even just for yourself.

Here is a snippet from one of my favourite poems by Brenda from last night – and I loved the melody of it when she read it. You can read more about her here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/244536

Artless

is my heart. A stranger
berry there never was,
tartless.

Gone sour in the sun,
in the sunroom or moonroof,
roofless.

No poetry. Plain. No
fresh, special recipe
to bless.

All I’ve ever made
with these hands
and life, less

substance, more rind.
Mostly rim and trim,
meatless

but making much smoke
in the old smokehouse,
no less.

New York City – my camera’s first trip around the city

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I have been in NYC for 5 days now and I’m not surprised this is called the best city in the world. I still have to keep pinching myself that all of this is real, because being here couldn’t feel more natural. Today I finally took my camera out with me – I’ve been avoiding it so that I don’t look like a tourist. I’m not sure what direction the blog will take going forward but the idea was always to have a sort-of photography blog, so I don’t see why I should stop even though I am no longer in SA/Johannesburg. Hope you enjoy the photos – I would have liked to work on them a bit in Lightroom but sadly my computer is still behaving as though it wants me to throw it out the window. These photos were all taken Downtown Manhattan – so far my favourite part of the city and where I will be looking for an apartment.