Bare and Breaking

Bare and Breaking

Karin Schimke

ISBN 9781920397975 | 86 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2012 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback



"Bare & breaking is one of the most gripping debuts I’ve read in recent years. Masterful in its technique and heart-rending in its emotional range, this memorable collection tells the story of sexual passion, its devastating aftermath and the slow road home."

Finuala Dowling, Author

"I celebrate Karin Schimke’s bold exposure of wanting, her naked desire. These poems know the exquisite agony of uninhibited loving, and the addictive pain of losing that love. Her ‘warts-n-all’ poems reveal a courageous vulnerability. Schimke’s poetry whispers, hollers, moans, bends and extends unexpectedly and beyond expectation."

Malika Ndlovu, Author

"Schimke’s breath comes straight from the diaphragm, but she catches it, just in time, in a finely formed voice that surprises me, every time. I like it when she does this. It reminds me that to break through, you have to go in bare."

Leon De Kock, Author

About the Author

Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke is a widely published journalist and columnist, and the Cape Times books editor. She also works as a writing tutor and mentor, an author of non-fiction – including the best-selling Fabulously Forty and Beyond, co-written with Margie Orford - of children’s books and of short stories. She edited Open, an anthology of erotic short stories written by some of South Africa’s best known women writers. Her poetry has appeared in South Africa Writing, New Contrast, New Coin and Carapace magazines. Bare & Breaking is her first collection of poems.

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