Marí Peté Step through: Poetry

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Step through: Poetry

 
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Step through is Marí Peté's third volume of poetry. The book contains sketches by Dina Cormick, whose artworks can be found in South Africa’s Constitutional Court, and the Durban Botanical Gardens, amongst other places.

The title invites the reader to step through a book of poems about life in the 21st century, seeing through the eyes of a university teacher who lives in a South African city. What is it like in ordinary moments and transitional experiences – driving through Durban streets; teaching with new technologies and feeling its impact on the body, values and norms; witnessing birth; losing loved ones to death? To be married for 25 years; to experience a sudden empty nest when a child leaves for boarding school; to parent a teenager? To enter one’s 50th year? The poet steps through being disheartened, frivolous, depressed, reaches for anchors – humour, gardening, faith.

The poems are rooted in place – Durban’s Warwick Junction marketplace, the stars of the Midlands and rock pools of the Drakensberg mountains (KwaZulu-Natal); Rising Star Cave in the Cradle of Humankind (Gauteng province); the suspension bridge of Storm’s River Mouth (Eastern Cape); Robberg, the home of seal colonies (Western Cape); Hyde Park in London; Kirkcudbright and Dumfries (villages of Scotland).

While the majority of poems were written in English, there are a handful of poems originally written in Afrikaans, with translations into English – some done by the poet, and two poems translated by Karin Schimke, whose debut collection Bare and Breaking was awarded the Ingrid Jonker prize in 2014.

Poems in this collection were first published in the literary journals New Coin, New Contrast and Carapace; the research journal Qualitative Inquiry; the Sunday Tribune; The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology of 2012; The Art of Human Rights Catalogue; the websites of Badilisha Poetry Xchange, Indiefeed Performance Poetry, Art for Humanity and SlipNet.

The poem “Warwick Junction” was shortlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award in 2012.

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Marí Peté has published three bilingual poetry collections - Step through (2015), Amytis (2007), and begin (2002). She was a featured poet at Poetry Africa in 2010. She also performed at the London Book Fair and Woordfees (Stellenbosch). With Bianca Bothma, Marí was editor of Art for Humanity’s book Women Artists and Poets Advocate Children’s Rights. Marí's poems were first published in 1985 in the Afrikaans literary journal Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. Her poems can be found in the literary journals New Coin, New Contrast and Carapace; the research journal Qualitative Inquiry; the Sunday Tribune; The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology of 2012; The Art of Human Rights Catalogue; the websites of Badilisha Poetry Xchange, Indiefeed Performance Poetry, Art for Humanity and SlipNet. The poem “Warwick Junction” was shortlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award in 2012. Marí works as eLearning specialist at the Durban University of Technology. Previously she worked at the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. Marí and her husband Stephen have one daughter, Megan.

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