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A Finger Pointing at the Moon – Dawn Garisch, Karin Schimke, and Liesl Jobson

The heart fills or breaks;
A poem is a finger
Pointing at the moon.

Poetry that speaks to the body is a way to align with the tides of the moon and the heart. We can understand a poem by the effect it has as it flits ephemerally through our senses, or by academic dissection. Karin Schimke, Liesl Jobson and Dawn Garisch will read examples from their own and other poets’ work, and be in conversation about the finger that poetry provides to help both the poet and the reader process experience so that we might come closer to meaning.

“Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn’t know you knew.” – David Whyte

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” —T.S. Eliot

Liesl Jobson is an author, musician and life coach, who teaches writing and rowing on the shores of Zeekoevlei. Her award-winning poetry, flash fiction and short stories have been translated into Afrikaans, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. She engages with the world via Twitter (@LieslJobson), a weird and wonderful place to create and combine art, activism and meaning connections.

Karin Schimke is an award-winning journalist, translator and poet. She has written two collections of poetry, Bare & Breaking (2014) , which won the Ingrid Jonker Prize and was short-listed for the South African Literary Awards, and Navigate (2017).

Dawn Garisch is an award-winning author, poet, playwright, medical doctor and life writing facilitator. Her second collection of poetry will be published in 2020 by Modjaji. She is part of the medical humanities movement in South Africa.

Venue: Veritas at Temenos



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