QUICK REVIEW: The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology

sol plaatjeThe Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology

Volume IV

(SUBS: NO EDITOR IS NAMED ON THE BOOK)

ISBN: 978-1-4314-0985-3

Jacana Media

REVIEW: Karin Schimke

The thorough selection process that results in this annual anthology means it has come to represent a “best of” collection showcasing some of South Africa’s most dedicated poets.

What I always admire about it is that it is so democratic. Well-known names and completely new names in poetry all live alphabetically alongside one another. This is because the winning poems are selected blind. The judges – Ingrid de Kock, Johann de Lange and Goodenough Mashego – do not see the names on the poems entered into the competition.

As always, the poetry is uneven: clichéd in theme and phrase in many places, but in other places rising like cut and polished precious stones on a rocky plain. In this issue, the poems by Thabo Jijana stood out for me because of their brevity, clarity and humour.

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