ISBN 9781928433316
Pages 86
Dimensions 210 x 148mm
Published 2021
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Stem of the Moon

by Thandi Slipen

The much-anticipated sequel to the turtle dove told me (Modjaji Books, 2013), which won a SALA Award in 2014, stem of the moon is the second volume in a trilogy that spans the years 1990 - 2010.

In this collection, Sliepen paints impressions of a small town, Clarens in the Free State, as well as glimpses of life in the Netherlands and Bali. The reader shares the intimate experience of the birth of her first child and the poems take us on a profound journey through Namibia. Sliepen's latest collection is a love song to a child, a lover, a mother, and the quiet strength of the moon that connects us all.

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"Thandi Sliepen's poems come to us from elemental things and wonder - love poems of the body, earth, ocean, sky - from a present place where what is made and privilege pass by and broken ones have names; a poetry of place and people where images slip from line to line like clouds interwoven in a presence that is both physical and mystical."

Marike Beyers, author How to Open the Door and curator at Amazwi SA Museum of Literature in Makhanda (Grahamstown)

About the Author

Thandi Slipen

Thandi Sliepen is a self taught painter, sculptor, poet and gardener living in Ladybrand in the Free State with her two children. Born in 1971 in Mowbray, Cape Town, she left South Africa in 1976 and eventually settled with her family in New Zealand. Thandi returned to South Africa in 1991 and has been based predominantly in the Free state ever since. Recently Thandi has opened an small art gallery in her home in Ladybrand and built a cob house in her garden 'the Mill', an earthen abode where she grinds wheat for herself and locals and which also doubles as an unusual Air B&B experience. Though involved in many art forms Thandi says poetry was her first love.

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