archive - issue 14

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    By Ruth Barker
    On the QWERTY layout of my computer keyboard, the symbol / appears beside the questioning symbol ?. They are represented together on the same key, and
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  • Apartment / Containers

    By Vincent Bezuidenhout
    These diptychs are the start of a series of images I have been working on regarding the visual landscape we choose to surround ourselves
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  • I returned home after my first year in college to discover my younger sister had turned gorgeous. This was a disappointment, but not an
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  • Butterfly

    By Adriana de Barros
    The pupa, a silk wrap of emotionsIsolated, within breathing, wanting to bethe intense pronoun of selfIt is silly to be one's own pronounShe giggles
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  • Collage

    By Claudio Parentela
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  • Drag and Snap

    By Leigh-Anne Niehaus
    This series is inspired by the childhood game of "snapdragon", which allows for simplistic and delightful decision-making through random selections of colour and number.
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  • Evidence of Life

    By Tamlyn Martin
    Below is an extract from a series of 11 poems created in parallel with visual artworks. 5. Memories laced with visceral realityFlooding herThe gentle
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  • Forward! Slash!

    By Travis Lyle
    You think you're a forward-thinking kinda person, do you? Lemme be the one to break it to you, sunshine – you're as lame as the
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  • Human/Nature

    By Lydia Anne McCarthy
    This series explores moments between nature and human beings that are at once idealistic and unsettling. Each picture is an independent narrative, but placed
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  • Immigrants

    By Stanley Onjezani Kenani
    you want to livenothing leaveto liveyou swimor like fresh sardinesyou are packedin boatsyou leaveto live.  you leavegold in the belly of Africaoil in
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  • In Between

    By Tania van Schalkwyk
    Raised in an Arabian land of heat, fire and temper,sometimes the calm of England clamps downlike damp in a bathroom with no windowand a
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  • Letter to the Editor

    By Elan Gamaker
    Dear Sir/Madam I should like strenuously to object to the subject matter ("/") of your current issue. It must first be mentioned, however, that it
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  • Or: a line drawing

    By Gabeba Baderoon
    Pencil and nothing. Her face turned almost entirely away. Forehead, cheekbone,jaw,the bun low in her neck,shoulderand down,the long linejust enoughthen left alone.
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  • p u n c t u a t i o n

    By Ula Einstein
    Einstein works with a diverse range of media, including drawings and installation with fire, thread, and blades. The series of drawings and installations with
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    By Sean Hampton-Cole
    Keys. John speaking. 'Lo?Good morning. May I speak to Bob Mitchell please?Bob in Bonds?I'm not really sure. I'm trying to...You want extension 125. This
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  • Pretty Babies

    By Peregrine Honig
    With the premise that "/ " presents what is IN and what is OUT, the "Pretty Babies" series explores the fashion industry's well-published and syndicated DOs
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  • River Bank

    By Mario Sughi
    The symbol / is intended initially as a symbol of division. A real or unreal line divides the girl from the water, the girl from
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  • Scissor

    By Charlotte Gait
    There was a time when you and I were connected by iron, acid, vitamin and blood. Where every mouthful I took was with the
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  • Seasaw

    By Sol Kjøk
    Here, the motif is conceived of as a seesaw (the typo in the title is intended, as this drawing is part of a series
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  • Series Seven Up

    By Noel Fignier
    Text by João Branco Kyron, HipnóticaThe collision is imminent and in the fraction of time left, the eyes shut and the vision is superbly
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  • A battle over samoosas between the snobbish Cinderella and a homeless electrician is mediated by Cinderella's boyfriend JJ. The samoosa battle is conflated with
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  • Wayne Porter, freelance journalist, donned his anthropologist's birthday suit and hit the bowling alley. Bar the bowlers hat tipped gently off centre, the man
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  • The Incised Wound

    By Joanne Hichens
    "Please, for me, Dave," I placed my hand on his, and really, no begging, just asked him nicely, "Lay off the booze tonight." Whether
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  • He had been driving for hours through that unstable, somnambulist night when he fell asleep at the wheel. He awoke with a start and
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  • The space between.

    By Mehita Iqani
    It's a handy little line, the one that we use to make our options known. Either/Or. Paper and ink or binary code? Its clichéd,
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  • Un Hombre Fuerte

    By Tamo Vonarim Written these words are, at times of a subconscious flow – whether they are mine, I don't know. All I know is that I
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  • Unbroken Awareness

    My life is now a floating shellI am a vessel on that river.The storm, the ship, the sea,Whose shores we lost in crossing.  I
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  • Untitled

    By Wilhelm Saayman
    This series of images, made using pen and ink, photographs and Photoshop, explore alternate/dream realities.
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  • Untitled

    By Aryan Kaganof
    /At R550 rand I thought I'd rather die/ My mother: can I trust this woman?/ I thought the Romans were coming, dinkum/ …and always
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Marina Geertsema

Marina Geertsema

Marina Geertsema received her drama training at Potchefstroom and later her MA in Drama at the Pretoria Technikon, where she also lectured for twenty years. She voice coached, directed student productions and taught various disciplines of interpretation. She developed the talents of such noted South African stage personalities as Elzabe Zietsman and Steve Hofmeyr. After her move to Oudtshoorn, she remained involved in the theatre for another ten years, producing and acting in radio dramas for disadvantaged audiences. She has two sons and lives in Still Bay.

Wednesday, 02 October 2013 15:30


Uit Afrikaans sal ’n kosblik vertaal word as ‘lunchbox’, maar die titel van die boek is Kos Blik. Kyk na kos; m.a.w. ‘views on food’.

Opvallend is die verskeidenheid in die kossoorte. Etes rondom ’n vuur; potjiekos in allerhande vorme (selfs poedings) is volop, maar ook skaapkoppe, varkvet en kaiings. In teenstelling daarmee garnale en waterblombredie. Brood kom by verskeie skrywers ter sprake, onthou hoe dit geknie en opgedis is.Gerrit Rautenbach besing selfs die gewone toebroodjie.

Dis ’n wye versameling van skrywers wat ’n storie aan kos koppel. Van uiters gesofistikeerd tot gewone mense se kyk na kos. Van platteland tot stad en van begrafnis-tot huweliks-, harts-, verlang-kos en kos uit elke skrywer se wêreld. Ook sommer van Europa, Sjina, Indië of Kaaps.

Soms is daar totale oordadigheid. Wilna Adriaanse vertel, onopgesmuk, van haar familie se gewoonte om vir ’n bruilof of begrafnis bymekaar te kom. Almal slaap oor, al slaap die kinders onder die tafel! Hulle bak sommer twaalf brode op een slag!

Kerneels Breytenbach beskryf, hoogs gesofistikeerd, van ’n voorbereiding wat deur dae strek (met baie potte om te was) om een gereg te berei.

Meestal is dit 'n viering van kos en die vreugde daaraan, maar 'n paar bydraes gaan juis oor die gebrek aan voeding. Helena Gunter vertel van padkos wat met sorg berei is, maar nie geëet kon word nie. Willemien Brümmer se Fees is ’n onstellende verhaal oor verlies wat sy aan kos koppel: ’n fees wat nie gevier kan word nie.

Die skryfstyl wissel ook; van hogere Afrikaans tot gewone streekstaal en soms ietwat hoogdrawend. Tussen die stories en anekdotes is selfs ’n hand vol gedigte.

Baie bydraes maak staat op nostalgie; verlange na die kos van hul vroeër tyd. Dikwels is dit Ouma of Ma se kos wat onthou word. Ook nostalgie oor die maniere waarop kos voorberei was.

Die samesteller, Nicole Jaekel Strauss, het gevra dat een of ander vorm van ’n resep by die storie ingesluit word. Soms word resepte tot op die gram beskryf, maar dikwels word die proses eerder in die teks ingeskryf . Veral tekste oor broodmaak: “jy knie tot jou hande skoon is”.

’n Resensent het opgemerk dat daar ’n gemis aan kosse soos samp-en-bone (Oos-Kaap) en Putu (Vrystaat) is. Ekself mis ook bydraes oor “marogo” wat in die ou Transvaal gesog was by swart vroue om bredie te maak. Die bydraes kom egter van Afrikaanse skrywers en hul verskei kulture. Daar is o.a. ’n mooi bydrae van Dine van Zyl oor wortelbredie by ’n begrafnis; daarmee saam kom sommer ook interssante inligting oor slawe aan die Kaap.

Reenboognasie is ons! Die uiteenlopendheid is daar. Hierdie boek dra by dat mens meer begrip van ander mense se etery kan kry.

edited by Nicole Jaekel Strauss
Cape Town: Queillerie, 2013