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November 2014 – Poems, Pictures & Prose by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

TBT: Washington DC and NYC, Winter 2012

Washington DC

The capital of memorials, monuments and museums.

Dwight D Eisenhower Executive Office building
Dwight D Eisenhower Executive Office building

The Washington Monument

The White House

Graft, sculpture by Roxy Paine
Graft, sculpture by Roxy Paine
The Hope Diamond
The Hope Diamond
Inside the Smithsonian Castle
Inside the Smithsonian Castle
Towards Capitol Hill
Towards Capitol Hill

New York City in December

MOMA, Harlem, Christmas lights, the village, SoHo,  Grand Cental Station, Happy New Year.

Appropriating The Scream
Appropriating The Scream

Harlem

Christmas Window Displays
Christmas Window Displays
Marriage Proposal at the Grand Central Station
Marriage Proposal at the Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Around SoHo

NYC

NYC

Over the Subway
Over the Subway
The National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian
New Year's Eve, Central Park
New Year’s Eve, Central Park
New Year's Eve, Central Park
New Year’s Eve, Central Park

Collectors Treasury, Johannesburg

Collectors Treasury
C.T.P. House, 244 Commissioner street, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Mon – Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
Sat: 10:00 – 13:00

I was literately floored, my appetite for tsundoku, ravenous.
Volumes of volumes; first editions, rarities, autographed flyleaves, cursive inscriptions, gifted books – given away, just stacked there, urging the  bibliophile to succumb.

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Collectors Treasury

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TBT: Florida, USA, December 2012

The Everglades

Watershed moments, reptiles with toothy smiles.

caution: gators

The Everglades
The Everglades

Gator

An anhinga
An anhinga
spatterdock
Spatterdock

Miami

Bienvenido a Miami, Art deco skies

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Art Basel:  Jenny Holzer
Art Basel: Jenny Holzer
Tower Theatre, Little Havana
Tower Theatre, Little Havana
Pitbull by Aristide, Calle Ocho
Pitbull by Aristide, Calle Ocho

Cape Canaveral

They put a man on the moon.

Disneyworld

The Mickey Mouse Operation. Your childhood parades in front of you. If it looks too real, check for plastic.

Magic Kingdom Parade

Magic Kingdom Parade

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Parade

Writing News: 2014 Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Anthology

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I have three poems included in this year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology; By Heart, Kisses and Secret. They are all  fiddled-with reworked versions of work from my MA Creative Writing thesis collection that have met rejection in some form or the other from various lit journals. The lesson here is to edit, edit, edit and edit until the very soul of a piece is bared to its teeth.

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The anthology is a curated selection of entries for the annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award. This year’s winner is Thabo Jijana for his poem, Children Watching Old People. Second and third place went to Rochelle Jacobs and Jim Pascual Agustin respectively. Read their short-listed poems here.

Copies of the anthology are available online through Kalahari.com and Loot.co.za

TBT: Louisiana, 2012

New Orleans and surrounds

Along the mighty Em-eye-double-ess-eye-double-ess-eye-double-pee-eye, chicory voodoo, balls and beignet, true blues, mardi gras bead rosaries.

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

Monument to the Immigrant
Monument to the Immigrant
On the Mighty Mississippi
On the Mighty Mississippi
On the Mighty Mississippi
On the Mighty Mississippi

New Orleans

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie
Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie
Commodifying humans
Commodifying humans
Hornets vs Thunder
Hornets vs Thunder

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans
Door in the French Quarter
St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral
Mardi Gras beads get around
Mardi Gras beads get around