The honest poet

In essence: it becomes more and more impossible for me to live an honourable life in a country where poverty knocks on your door so many times a day that you stop hearing the poor. I find that unacceptable and therefore wish, at times, that the suffering of people would knock on other doors of other poets in other countries first.

-Antjie Krog, interview with Rauan Klassnik, on living in post-Apartheid South Africa. Krog is one of South Africa’s most highly regarded poets and a journalist whose coverage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in the 1990s is described in her book,  Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa, and the award-winning movie based on the book, “In My Country.” Her most recent nonfiction book is A Change of Tongue, called “a unique and compelling discourse on living creatively in Africa today.”

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