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Magnetic North

 

 

Feelings that words cannot fathom

That desire for clarity

Is weaponless in parrying.

The slightest nuance 

A fraction of a glimpse 

The singularity in a moment

The distraction to intent

Thoughts which you cannot rent

Times you dreamt you had spent 

Here sense cannot compass

And mass has no meaning

A field of dreams enforced

And how the blood does course

 

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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