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Three from Carapace Issue 74

Carapace Issue 74

Marcia Leveson is the guest editor of this issue.


It’s such a pleasure for me to be associated once again withCarapace where the poems may be small but the impact huge. AndI thank Gus for a chance to indulge in some favouritism andregionalism, with two poets, ex-South African, now in Australia.This issue, it seems, is of mice and men – but mostly of mice.Perhaps because this year is the 200th anniversary of the birth ofDarwin, or because in the run-up to the elections some of us haveturned off the TV and sought meaning underfoot or in the air, somany recent poems have to do with critters of the smaller andmore ephemeral species. (No snails tho’!) And cricket of anothersort is on the mind right now.

Marcia Leveson

Cover graphic by Chip Snaddon


Mangaliso W Buzani, Gail Dendy, Gus Ferguson, Jane Fox, David Friedland, Chonat Gets, Godfrey Godbert, Nrendre Gordhan, Stephen Gray, Kerry Hammerton,Geoffrey Haresnape, Neil Jardine, Margaret Jordan, Leonard Koza, Kegaogelo Lekota, Benjamin Leveson, Mzi Mahola, Lionel Murcott, Renos Spanoudes, Immanuel Sutter, Tim Volem, Tony Voss, Adam Wiedewitsch, Josh White, Lucas Zulu

Three from Carapace issue 74

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Three from Carapace 73

Carapace 73


Don Maclennan, poet, playwright and much loved teacher of poetry, died after a long illness on 9 February. I was privileged to know him, to publish his work and to call him a friend. In my opinion Don’s literary antecedents were closer to the early Chinese poets than to the English language canon. His work was always spare and direct without unnecessary ornamentation. If you are intrigued by that illusive shade, the spirit of Zen, look no further than any one of Don’s many collections. This is from The Road to Kromdraai:

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Three from Carapace 72

Carapace Issue 72

Carapace issue 72 is now available. Let’s hope that we are all able to tighten belts and reduce the footprint. Thank you for a good year to poets, artists and readers without whom this would not have been written.

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Three from Carapace 70

Carapace 70

Three score and ten, and then?

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Three from Carapace 69

Carapace 69


South African poets are up in arms over the sudden flooding of the poetry market with cheap Chinese imports. Poet Bertold Mohlaletsi, who has recently spent a year in China, said it was unlikely that the poems were being written by children in sweatshops or by machines.

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Ghost Writer by Jane Fox

Ghost Writer

New from the Unpublished Manuscript Press.

“Jane Fox has a keen eye for the challenges, illuminations and heartache of daily life, as well as (not unrelated) for the brave way in which the small and vulnerable stand up to the world.”
– JM Coetzee


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Three from Carapace 68

Carapace 68 - Cover

Carapace 68 – “The Indian Issue”, guest-edited by Arundhathi Subramaniam. Her editor’s letter, and three poems from the issue:

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Republication Offer: Ghost Writer by Jane Fox

Ghost WriterJane Fox has a keen eye for the challenges, illuminations and heartache of daily life, as well as (not unrelated) for the brave way in which the small and vulnerable stand up to the world.
— JM Coetzee

Jane Fox’s writing life took off when she first met her late husband and mentor, Lionel Abrahams. On his advice she tries to obviate the obvious, accentuate the positive, to be socially irrelevant, politically insignificant and hopefully unpredictable. She believes in the supreme value and spiritual dimension of the individual.

Special republication offer for Ghost Writer: R80.00 postage included.

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Three from Carapace 67

Carapace 67Welcome to the first issue of 2008. Carapace is 14 and this is issue 67. If 1467 brings to mind a novel by Etienne le Roux, then this magazine is for you.

The sad news is that Slakkie van der Schyffe has resigned. Rumour has it that he has applied for the editorship of New Coin. I will press on as editor until such time as we find another Cosmick Life Editor.

Congratulations to Rustum Kozain who won the 2007 Ingrid Jonker Prize for his collection This Carting Life (Kwela Books/Snailpress) has also been awarded the English Academy’s 2008 Olive Schreiner prize for poetry.

Gus Ferguson

Carapace Competition # 10

Translate this haiku into English and tell us the name of the original poet:

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Five from Carapace 66

Carapace 66OBITUARY

Marcus ‘Marc’ Glaser, poet writer, etcher, artist and karate champion died on 18 August 2007 after 60 days in ICU. He was 71. Issue 66 of Carapace – now available – is dedicated to his memory.

Marc was a frequent and extremely generous contributor to this magazine and Snailpress published two of his collections, The Unquiet Love (1993) and Unmitigating Circumstances (1996).

Marc’s work was eccentric, romantic and surreal, and delicately and deliberately out of step with current trends in poetry and fiction. He was a sort of local Jacques Cocteau. Our condolences to his life-long friend Nicole Georgiadis.

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