Thursday, July 30, 2015

Profiling Danica Kreusch, #BNP2015 shortlist (South Africa)

Danica Clea Kreusch
After spending the first eighteen years of her life in the small town of Hermanus, Danica moved to the slightly-bigger small town of Grahamstown to grow up intellectually at Rhodes University. She’s still busy finding the highs and lows of writing as she completes her final year of a Bachelor of Journalism in 2015. She misses her second major, English Language and Linguistics, on days when the English language woos her. Despite the best efforts of her lecturers and friends, Danica still thinks being grown up and too mature is boring, and lives for puns, kittens, writing and reading everything she can get her hands on, forum role playing, sub-editing, beta reading, and spending too much time on Tumblr.

    Luna   by Danica Kreusch (South Africa)
    Light spills into the stone basin
    And collects itself into the moon
    This is the place the birds bathe
    Celebrating their freedom and purpose
    And lifetime of trying to touch the sun
    He has none of these three things
    But he has her hand in his
    Fingers knotted and not cupped
    These long-dirtied palms
    Submerge in the water
    And for long moments they have created chaos
    Then light collects itself over their linked hands
    She feels like purpose and freedom and starlight
    Enough, his heart finally sighs
    No more striving. She is enough.
    The winner of the 2015 Babishai Niwe Poetry Award will be announced during the Babishai Poetry Festival, 26 to 28 August at The Uganda Museum. #babishai2015

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