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  • Words – an affair

    They come at you unleashed and disembodied, dark feathers, beaks like birds of prey, wings flapping, slapping, threshing… An endless onslaught of nightfall and gloom. But then, as the squall calms (and it will, if you let it), a frail one will stand out – so brightly colored in its precious evanescence, filtering in straight…

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  • Tomorrow the river will swell

    The storm crawled in from the southwest as it always does, lighting up the sky with silent fireworks after sundown. The earth below hot, hot and dark like a feverish womb. The rain came slowly. It seemed far away. It seemed almost spent by the time it reached us. We sit side by side on…

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  • Why Write?

    “In my life, writing has been an important exercise to clarify what I believe, what I see, what I care about, what my deepest values are. The process of converting a jumble of thoughts into coherent sentences makes you ask tougher questions.”   Barack Obama, 2012. Writing is healthy. It helps you get to know…

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  • Schiffbruch

    Wie Teelichter auf einem Fluss der Vergessenheit entfernen sich die Wörter sanft schaukelnd. Langsam aber sicher entgleiten sie uns; unmöglich das Verweilen. Im Streit der Gewässer eilen sie flussabwärts, sie geraten ins Schwanken, manchmal erlischt das Licht, es riecht nach flüssigem Wachs, wenn sie umfallen besiegeln sie ihr Schicksal, stummer Rauch steigt auf und sie…

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  • Out of Words

    I have given life to two children I have exhaled all my words I am all written out of poems. My Japanese ink paintings are modest They’ve long been made into paper airplanes. Here I stand like a leafless tree basking in the nonchalance of autumn. I draw my vigour from the earth I squint…

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  • A must-have for wannabees

    How does Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca sound to you? Tempting, huh? Well, there’s only one problem with that. You’d have to be a writer first. Not necessarily an accomplished one. This is actually a workshop for aspiring writers, managed and organised by Australian-born novelist, poet and editor Jessica Bell…

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