It could be verse

One of the first creative pieces I wrote outside the lines of homework was a little ditty titled Home, Home, Home. I was eleven years old and found soothing magic in that silly rhyme.  I could manifest whole universes onto a page, just by casting some words about.

While the spells did little to vanquish the spectres that loom around an unrequited adolescent, the poems I wrote were innocent incantations wrapped up in secrets; taweez to pacify and protect.

I soon outgrew traditional rhyme schemata and found more space in free verse and bastard lines. That’s still the kind of place I like stretching out in and I’ve decided to focus on poetry for my Creative Writing MA.

How terrifically self-indulgent it is to tell people that I’m going to spend an entire year writing poems and reading them!

Between poetry and prose, I can’t say which is the easier to write. Both demand something different from the writer. I’d like to be versatile enough to be slave to both, but for now, I feel (and that’s the key to it really, the feeling) that poetry will be transformative. I may just find my voice.

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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.

One thought on “It could be verse”

  1. your focus on poetry pleases my eyes, because poetry is a great foundation to build from, when you expand your writing into prose…

    although we have gone to different schools together, different generations, different cultures, and different countries, we have a common thread – this thread is weaving through words, words with all different delicious meanings, no matter what language – we love them all…

    happy writing! looking forward to follow your reflections, and most of all, your voice!!!

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