Charl-Pierre Naudé

(1958 / Kokstad)

Charl-Pierre Naudé
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Charl-Pierre Naudé is a poet, prose writer and essayist, and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published three volumes of poetry in Afrikaans, one in English, and a second English volume is underway. His first novel will appear shortly.

Naudé has worked as a journalist, editor, freelance literary critic and book reviewer. He has published in notable magazines in the Netherlands and in South Africa. In Germany some of his latest work has appeared in Schreibheft 84. He has often read at international festivals. In 2014 he lived in Berlin on the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD. more »

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A breeze flows across the seaside town
and a crush in the northwest
herds the grazing clouds.

the messages announce themselves,
auguring an imminent erasure.
At first, only sound: distant murmuring wind
and the anxious clangour of birds at a bath,
the clink-clink of metal.
A bicyle bell in a courtyard,
caressed by the breeze,
moaning softly
like a baby's rattle
in a sheltering bosom.

the sun is gone. All colour pales.
The wind flows into a darker mood. Flings
a basket of splodges, stripped from the berry ...

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