Tyhini 2013

Tyhini 7

© 2013 individual writers

ISBN 978-0-9814053-6-0

TYHINI presents work by full time and part time students in the 2013 MA in Creative Writing and is published by Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

isea@ru.ac.za

Editors: Robert Berold and Paul Wessels

Proofreading: Brian Walter and Hazel Crampton

Cover photograph: Brent Meistre. Skeleton Coast, Kunene, Namibia, 2008

Cover and text design: Liz Gowans

Dictionary definition: adapted from A Dictionary of South African English on historical principles, Oxford University Press, 1996 by the Dictionary Unit for South African English (DSAE)

 

 Tyhini 2013

Contents

 

Saaleha Bamjee

I cannot eat dates without wondering 11

Kisses 12

Poetic Logic 13

Marriage 14

The Diet 15

Sajdah 15

Grandpa 16

A phone call from my Grandmother 17

Plaits 18

The Hairdresser in Germiston 19

Waiting 20

My grandmother’s prayers 21

 Phakama Mbonambi

Digging up Aggrey Klaaste’s life 25

Excerpt from a work of non-fiction 28

Anna Christensen

The papers 37

Lilly and the lion 42

Love 49

Naked feet 53

 Fundile Majola

This Is My Story 57

Ukuduka Kwemali Yamathumbu 61

Thath’ Amachance, Thath’ Amamillions 64

Work 66

4:13 Sunday Afternoon 70

Give That Man a Bell’s! 73

Into Kamamkhumbeni Inoboya, Caba 78

Pitso Tsibolane

The plight of illegal miners 83

Excerpt from a novella 85

Writer’s block

 Tim van Niekerk

The year after that 99

Photograph of a young girl 103

The people inside you 104

Patricia Crain

Excerpt from a novella 111

Poetics 119

 Anirood Singh

Excerpt from a novella 125

 Mikaila Thurgood

not girls who rolled their eyes and hated wearing bright yellow 135

Excerpt from a novella 138

 Elmé Vivier

The four of us, travelling 151

American dream 152

The truth 153

On the plane to Joburg 154

Lessons 154

Enough 156

marriage 156

throwing lavender 157

marriage – a variation 158

after your chemo 158

The river 159

slowly 160

 David wa Maahlamela

dear inside 163

the night she left 163

a poem to my poems 164

a poem to my rejected poems 164

forgotten ruin 165

between 165

red rural soil 166

sunday night 166

your breasts 167

for lehlomela 167

ecuadorian princess 168

The right thing 169

Jol’iinkomo! The herder has been forgotten 174

Maserame June Madingwane

Butterfly Collar 181

The secret 188

I love my job 191

I wonder 196

 Sabata-mpho Mokae

Excerpt from a novella 199

 Adèle Thomas

Three excerpts from a novella 211

Keshav Maharaj

I Couldn’t Feel A Thing 223

Naked Lunch by William Burroughs 228

Bat or bottle 232

Houston, We Have a Problem! 235

 Gideon Strydom

Excerpts from a novella 239

 Mike Sutherns

Prayers to the fish 253

Sweat 258

Broken glass 259

All you see of me is you 260

Excerpt from a novella 261

 Mangaliso W. Buzani

Themba 269

Ants eat ants 270

Heaven 270

Around the corner 271

Completely clean 271

Ear 272

Inside the river 273

Izwi lakho 274

Nolizwe 275

Cikizwa 276

uNdoda 276

Okukufaneleyo 277

Ihlobo 278

uLahliwe 278

Amafu 278

[untitled] 278

Yabhideka Embhareni indoda enkulu 279

Not enough paper to write on 280

 Mbongisi Dyantyi

Spirits and knowledges 289

Excerpt from a novella 294

 Marike Beyers

why he went to the army 307

brother 308

a birthday litany 309

lost 310

home 310

joburg 311

severance 312

an ending 312

map 313

the quiet child 313

once said 314

Between things known and unknown 315

 Mishka Hoosen

Questions 321

Opening 328

Night Keening 331

Findings 332

 Vonani Bila

When age catches up with you 341

Hotel 342

n’wa-yingwani 343

Indonesia 349

 ABOUT THE WRITERS 353

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