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Hard Cover/Jacket Edition – Splinters of a Mirage Dawn

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Message from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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A message from Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu for the Editor, Harry Owen, poets/artists and the publisher who created this immortal book, For Rhino in a Shrinking World.  Poets Printery, its web designers, graphic designers, printers and Amitabh Mitra feel proud that we took this bold step towards Rhino Conservation.

Dear Friend,

Thank you so very much for this beautiful gift. I look forward to a good and perhaps disturbing read.
I certainly support your campaign against the ghastly attempt at eradicating these splendid creatures so gruesomely. You can if you need to, publicise my support of your campaign.

God bless you,
+Desmond Tutu.


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The Latest Hudson View

The best of South African Poetry is now in A Hudson View

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Cover and Back Art by Amitabh Mitra


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Call for submission to a radical left poetry anthology

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and let this sun
shatter in our thoughts
shards, lets pick up again
roofless
skyless
in drought
come
lets strike
lets form
in shapeless rivers
lets ride
a multitude
star again.

Poem and Ink Drawing by Amitabh Mitra


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Arja Salafranca wins the prestigious Dalro Award

I have the greatest pleasure in announcing the prestigious Dalro (Drama and Lyrics Rights Organisation) Award for 2009 has gone to Arja Salafranca.

Judging poetry makes me go beyond the realm of words, to the human that has extracted an understanding with oneself and crafted it in imagery. I try to probe into values and rightfulness connecting the poem to present circumstances within the country, the person being a part of the country and the world, shares thoughts, recurring and sometimes inadvertently that comes to the mind. Mapping thoughts and places in this rapid stream, the eye believes and that’s when we share this belief too.

The prize winners have been judged from poems published in the South African Poetry Journal, New Coin. New Coin is published by the Institute of Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

It was a difficult task but I definitely enjoyed thinking about each poem. Words, Imagery, Fusion, Restlessness and a combination of all of these goes to the achievement in the poetry of Dalro Award winners.

First Prize – Arja Salafranca
Second Prize – Lungelo Mbatha
Third Prize – Anton Krueger

Honourable Mention
1 Peter Horn
2 Brett Beiles
3 Natalie Railoun
4 Haidee Kruger
5 Rosemund Handler

Steak
Arja Salafranca

There’s a perfection in the sharp knife,
handle thick and satifying to hold.
It eases through the meat, parting it
like the Red Sea.
A thin trail of red juice eases out,
I spear the soft buttery steak
with a mushroom, add a half-moon of avocado,
a quartered tomato.
The food shatters in my mouth.

There’s something about summer nights,
the kind of nights that follow days
in a city that reeks of boiled bodies
crisping under the sun’s glare.
There’s something: the lack of breeze,
the water in the pool. gleaming bluely,
the soft murmur of traffic.

It’s an island, an oasis, the lawn jewelled green.
Candles illuminate our faces
the silver, the sparkling cutlery,
the sheer perfection of knife, fork, crystal glass,
steak, salad, speared food, shattered tastes.
At the bottom of a garden,
in the heart of Johannesburg.


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Inside Leaping

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Mdantsane – Poems of a township hospital

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febrile convulsions
the road to mdantsane
jumps of arrhythmia
twists in contortion
of an impending stroke
nobody here watches
streets dying
the shacks rasping
sells us still
unconfined freedom
layers of elements and
longings
a river of so many people
touched the sun
the sky
with their
fist
once.

Poem and Drawing by Amitabh Mitra


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Shadow Whispers

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noorganj is stuck to the side of the fort
tiny eruptions of many colours grew steadfastly up
in muharram we chanted ya hussain together
and tried to change the bland stone skin
and a rain
nobody sees us here, you said
in noorganj
clouds collaborate with time
a salamander grows wild sometimes
touching bats of an evening sky
and even in
noorabad
not so far away
my great grand ma
ganna begum languishes
in a ruin, another grave
they killed her
she had known the sun and serpents
around it
and about us
yet you whisper of the
other sun
other shame

tell me then why do you come back again.

Poem and Pastel Drawing by Amitabh Mitra


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Journeys launched in East London

Pietermaritzburg based poet and publisher, Graham Lancaster launched Journeys, An Anthology of Poetry from different parts of the globe. The book has an eclectic collection of poems that makes a great reading. I usually pack it in my coffee bag during calls to the hospital. The book has been edited by Graham Lancaster and Shaleen Kumar Singh.

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Konnagar, West Bengal

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dreams resplendent with green
i walk up the trees reaching the sky
i didn’t find any gashes or bleeding wounds
on its back
nobody has yet stabbed it
birds swim through an easy breast stroke
and flowers bloom as usual after the day closes its shutters
a voice of the baul plays on the strings
of a handloom river
night comes reverently
unleashing its warmth
i sleep unlikely
in the crypt and cradle of your stars.

Poem and Drawing on a hand made paper by Amitabh Mitra
Baul – A traditional folk singer of Bengal


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