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Photos: Pretoria Launch of Two New Titles from Deep South

Robert BeroldBernat Kruger & Sunica Schreinerthe deep south national poetry tour july 2008

launching bernat kruger’s never and robert berold’s all the days.

alicedale station is dominated by a small dry mountain. right next to the station is an enormous steel structure. the train arrives at 3.30pm.

it travels all night. the blankets on my bed are thin, and the heater in the compartment isn’t working (or as bernat says in one of his poems in true south african idiom, it doesn’t want to work). when I wake up we are nowhere near joburg. running four hours late. I borrow the dining car waiter’s cellphone to inform michael in joburg.

the joburg launch is at the wits writing centre run by the ever-helpful pam nichols. it’s a place where writers can come to read and write. zweli the rasta poet is there, getting ready for the jozi spoken word festival. I remember his lines from years ago: I don’t feel gooood I don’t have fooood. this time he does. they have laid on lots of snacks and fruit juice. where are the people? not many. only about 15 people. but they listen.

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