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Irises

 
 

In the reflection in your eye

There's a stretch 

Of golden sanded beach.

And a book ... 

Full of glittering words

But just beyond reach.

There's the call of the wild

That breathes life 

Into wilting souls

But can't be bought nor sold.

And there is too; 

The world, spinning giddily

Around and around 

In the reflection in your eye.

 

 

Gari Joubert
 

 

Gari Joubert is an artist, performer, poet and writer, he was born in 1964 in Mandini, a paper mill town on the Tugela River, in what was then Zululand, South Africa. At age ten he moved with his mother and four siblings to Durban, and at thirteen, went into a foster home, remaining there until he finished high school. Following this, he was conscripted by the South African Defence Force for two years and posted to their Counter-Intelligence unit in Namibia. Joubert returned subsequently to Durban and spent the next four years involved in the club and band scene, the counter-culture movement, fringe politics, and writing. In the late 1980’s he immigrated to Europe and later settled in London where he continued to write and play in bands. In 2005 he returned to South Africa and now lives on the Kwazulu-Natal coast. In 2015 his first novel, Uptown Saturday Night Downtown Sunday morning was published and in 2016, an anthology of his poetry spanning near thirty years was published under the title Book From The Black Box. Joubert is currently busy with the sequel to Uptown... due out in 2019.

 

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