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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The man who saw Livingstone

The man who had seen Livingstone was now virtually blind.
When was it the Englishman trudged into Africa -
the 1850s, 1860s? He and his troupe, their mosquito nets
and their trunks, the great explorer dead
soon after …
(Lifetimes ago. "Difficult for his age
to be gauged" - a report in a daily, in the early sixties.)
So the old man, who as a young boy had seen Livingstone,
was revered among his people, and others too.
A national treasure, a roving museum piece.
They would push him between towns in a modified wheelbarrow,
ululating in front and behind...

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