Tyhini 2014

Tyhini 2015 © 2014 individual writers

ISBN 978-0-98681048-3-6

TYHINI presents work by full time and part time students in the 2014 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: Marike Beyers, Stacy Hardy, Emma Atkinson, Mindy Stanford, Jo-Ann Bekker

Cover image: Adine Sagalyn, Woven Glass #8 - photgraphic compositition

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)

 

Contents

Ayanda Billie

.... Solitude                                                                                                   11

Dying Moon                                                                                                   12

Unmourned                                                                                                   13

screams at the carwash                                                                                14

She waits                                                                                                       16

Behind him                                                                                                     17

Letter from prison                                                                                          17

KwaNobuhle overcast                                                                                    18

Finding oneself alone                                                                                     19

Bursting and Scattering of Seeds                                                                   23

Mafika Gwala – Poet at the Edge                                                                    25

Louella Sullivan

Stormborn                                                                                                        28

Breathe                                                                                                            29

Other Mothers                                                                                                  30

Silence                                                                                                              31

Dovetail                                                                                                            31

My Grandmother’s Name                                                                                  32

Photograph                                                                                                      33

Finally                                                                                                               33

Sweat                                                                                                               34

Once Bitten                                                                                                       35

Foundations                                                                                                     36

The Manual                                                                                                       38

Dan Whitehorn

HOW TO HAVE AN ELECTRIC ADVENTURE                                                       41

The concealers                                                                                                42

Across the furry river                                                                                       45

Goblins and embers                                                                                         48

The dead bluebird sings hallelujah                                                                  51

Shelter Musavengana

Family history                                                                                                 53

The girl and her body                                                                                     56

Forever after                                                                                                   58

The village goat                                                                                               61

The night to come                                                                                            66

Henali Kuit

Dear Space Dad                                                                                              68

Comparative animal study                                                                              69

In the shadows                                                                                               70

Young and beautiful                                                                                         71

Bird                                                                                                                  72

Difficult things happen to me                                                                          74

In the spring                                                                                                   77

Me and Mrs. Williams                                                                                       79

Napo Masheane

House of war                                                                                                  84

Sodom and Gomorrah                                                                                     86

Kasi beetroot                                                                                                  87

After my father’s death                                                                                   89

Heartbeat of the rain                                                                                      90

Ditsoejane                                                                                                       93

Flood                                                                                                               96

My poetics                                                                                                       98

Jeannie Wallace McKeown

Where Were You If Not In New York?                                                           102

Tranquilised                                                                                                  104

Shadow                                                                                                         105

Seesaw                                                                                                          108

Miscarriage                                                                                                    108

Naked                                                                                                            109

Lonely                                                                                                            109

When?                                                                                                           110

Inked                                                                                                             111

An act of faith                                                                                                112

Laura Watermeyer

Prey                                                                                                                115

Devoured                                                                                                       116

Yearning                                                                                                         117

Blown                                                                                                             118

The Coming                                                                                                    119

Repetition                                                                                                       121

Bardo                                                                                                             123

When Father Left                                                                                           125

Plants and Animals                                                                                          129

Jo-Ann Bekker

Candlelit                                                                                                        132

A Garden Full                                                                                                 133

Petronella                                                                                                      134

A City of Roses Tale                                                                                        136

The Pretty Pig and the Three Wolves                                                             138

What I Learnt                                                                                                  139

Knocking on Silence – poetics and narrative forms                                         141

Moses Mtileni

Nhlalala                                                                                                         146

I have gone away many times                                                                      150

In the end                                                                                                     152

We have come                                                                                               153

Kokwana u fambile - Grandmother is gone                                                    154

Writing Journal   October 2014                                                                      155

Maruping Phepheng

Black Jacket                                                                                                   159

Blood drips in Kubung                                                                                    162

War Zone                                                                                                      167

Layers of Delayers                                                                                         169

Connie Fick

Flying ants                                                                                                     170

Stolen                                                                                                            175

Courage the mouse                                                                                       177

Delareyville                                                                                                    181

Coronation Hospital 1976                                                                              182

Jana du Plessis

Efe invites a man                                                                                          183

Albert                                                                                                            189

Licked by a stripper                                                                                      190

Selena and the Wolf                                                                                     192

Thabiso Mofokeng

Taking sides                                                                                                  196

The trip                                                                                                         200

Macko’s trouble                                                                                            202

Excerpt from Dikgomo (Lobola)                                                                     205

Excerpt from Ho etsahetseng ka ngwanaka?

(What happened to my child?)                                                                     207

Kabelo Mofokeng

Bare stilettoes on a quiet sidewalk                                                               210

Dikgomo                                                                                                          211

187-land                                                                                                        213

Malume                                                                                                          215

Thaba Bosiu (Black Mountain)                                                                         216

June July                                                                                                         217

Reflections after getting off the ride                                                               218

Rock Town                                                                                                       221

Taxi ride                                                                                                            223

Bongo strangled on a rope                                                                               225

Zukile Fundakubi

Paul Bible                                                                                                      227

Rich Girl, Poor Boy                                                                                         232

Back to Nowhere                                                                                          238

Umvandedwa                                                                                                241

Zaphela ezakowethu                                                                                    241

Brian Dingle

Excerpts from a novella                                                                               242

José Claassen

I met you                                                                                                       259

Nomad                                                                                                          260

The father watches over                                                                               261

Corner Ameshoff & Melle                                                                               262

Corner Rivonia and West                                                                              263

Flamingo Casino                                                                                           264

Streets of Eldoraigne                                                                                    266

Demockracy                                                                                                  269

Kempton Park Hospital                                                                                271

Chwayita Ngamlana

The Game                                                                                                     272

Kitchen heat                                                                                                 274

Touch                                                                                                            277

The Trippy Life                                                                                               278

Rats don’t need a reason to run                                                                   285

Tania Terblanche

Salmon Rose                                                                                                   290

Cauterise                                                                                                        292

Passenger                                                                                                       296

Circuitry                                                                                                           300

Gilded                                                                                                              304

Zongezile Matshoba

Dear God                                                                                                      308

Troubled                                                                                                       309

Umgwebi Okrele-krele                                                                                  314

Ma’s House                                                                                                   320

Simphiwe Nolutshungu

Sunrays in a chilly winter                                                                              321

New song                                                                                                      323

Ndize!                                                                                                            324

Nomsa                                                                                                           325

22 ‘P’ Street, Tantyi Location                                                                         326

Invisible voice                                                                                               327

I long for love                                                                                               328

TB                                                                                                                  329

If I die tonight                                                                                              330

My son                                                                                                          331

Kuwe                                                                                                             331

Thando Ndini                                                                                                  332

E.N.D.I.M.T.H.A.N.D.A.Y.O                                                                                332

Ukufa                                                                                                             333

Impumelelo                                                                                                   334

Ubusika                                                                                                         335

Isihlobo Sam                                                                                                  336

Indoda Yokwenene                                                                                        337

Kerry Hammerton

water rising                                                                                                    338

unfamiliar landscape                                                                                     339

Days like These                                                                                             340

The Bar Last Night                                                                                         341

An Ocean                                                                                                        342

Elegy for Love                                                                                                 342

Allure                                                                                                               343

Remember Desire                                                                                             343

coming to it                                                                                                      344

Awake                                                                                                               345

First Time                                                                                                          346

Words from mother to daughter                                                                        348

Tearing Apart                                                                                                    349

The Moment                                                                                                     350

1981                                                                                                                  351

Divers in the Water                                                                                           352

Poem for Dad                                                                                                    353

The Carrion Angel                                                                                            354

 

About the authors                                                                                           355

 

The Rhodes MACW                                                                                         359

 

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