Thursday, January 15, 2015

Why write? So you don't die of shame

Renowned South African poet, Antjie Krog, most famous in my eyes for her book The Country of My Skull about this country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, that was held not too long after the end of apartheid, stressed - according to translator André Naffis-Sahely - that a writer should not concern themselves as to whether they are read or not, since “one writes so that you don’t die of shame, that you didn't say something when a girl is cut up somewhere in a parking lot and raped … You know that a poem will achieve nothing, but at least you will get through the night.”

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