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I knew a boy – Poems, Pictures & Prose by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

I knew a boy

I knew a boy
who puffed and passed on the roofs of higher education
with women who did no good for him,
who had his open heart shat in,
who then faked it because it was just harder to be real,
who dreamt too big for his head,
who did too crazy for us all,
who grew up
to become a father.

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I am a writer and photographer (look up my work on based in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have an MA in Creative Writing from the university currently known as Rhodes. My writing accolades include winning the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and the 2020 Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize for my debut collection, Zikr.

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