Tuesday, 7 October 2008


Here is a poem. It is very short. It is not by me (I wish). I love it.


the sea is so heavy inside us
and i won’t sleep tonight.
i have buckets of memory in a jar
that i keep for days and nights like these.

Mxolisi Nyezwa

© 2000, Mxolisi Nyezwa
From: Song Trials
Publisher: University of Natal Press (Gecko Poetry), South Africa
ISBN: 0 86980 9768

How is that for South African talent? Nyezwa is from the Eastern Cape. He often writes about the sea. One day when I am an employed person I am going to buy his poetry collection, Song Trials.

P.S. I am trying to compile a booklist for next year, when I want to read everything I can get my hands on. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I usually only read fiction but if there are any non-fiction books that you think I should read then please suggest them too.


Ches said...

'Shantaram' - Gregory David Roberts
'A Short History of Nearly Everything' - Bill Bryson

And if you looking for something about Africa...

'Blood River' - Tim Butcher
'The Trouble with Africa' - Vic Guhrs

Sorry Po, only read non-fiction & fantasy books, can't help in the fiction depo.

Tamara said...

Beautiful poem!

If you haven't read it already, I recommend The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The descriptions and writing style are so vivid and soul-touching.

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Go get your award :-)

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Go get your award

po said...

ches: I keep hearing about SHantaram, will add it to the list.

Tamara: Thanks for the suggestion, will check it out.

po said...

Yay an award thanks so much!

sweets said...

stunning poem!!!! absolutely love it.

i've heard that "kite runner" (i think it is) is an amazing book, it's on my list too :)

Kitty Cat said...

A poem about the sea for a spindrifting sea monkey - what a perfect match!
I loved "Eat Pray Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. Don't know if it's your cuppa, but I enjoyed it.

po said...

Sweets: glad you like the poem. I read the kite runner and yes, it is excellent!

Kitty cat: I am up for reading anything and everything so will keep that one on my list.

Being Brazen said...

great poem.I love poetry.

Read Mark Haddons books - "The curious incident of the dog in the night" and " a spot of bother"

If you saw the movie "The Beach", trust me when i say the book is 10 millions times better. read "The Beach" by Alex Garland

I have so many books to suggest - i'll just suggest those 3 for now.


Miss T said...

Oh no Ches I was going to recommend that one :(...hmm ok well the Bill Bryson travel books are good too.

po said...

BB: Oih I agree about the Beach. I loved the book, and read it many times! It was brilliant, but what an ending!

I have read the curious incident but will def. add the other one.

Miss T: everyone reccommends Bill Bryson to me and I have never read him so I will