The work of Breyten Breytenbach includes numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and essays, many of which are in Afrikaans, many translated. Two Poems. Breyten Breytenbach. a footnote under the night of history in the night when everything was black burnt to a cross of ash on the blind glass and the. this is the season when the dreamer, swathed in dark remembrances like an infant swaddled in the weavings of night, often sobs in his sleep this is the season.

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Brink, John Miles, and Nadine Gordimer. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including a four-volume cycle chronicling his experiences in South Breeyten. To translate metaphors is never easy and Breytenbach sometimes makes this task near impossible—for example, the use of two Afrikaans words, almost-homonyms on which the meaning turns. In he helped organize the first breakthrough public meeting between the then forbidden Liberation Movement of South Africa and significant representatives of various sectors of South African society, in West Africa.

in a burning sea (Breyten Breytenbach)

Breyten Breytenbach is a South African writer known for his poets and essays engaging with the apartheid and his experiences as a political prisoner. Thus, more or less, were the trails of the verse which I could not knot to stanzas of sound. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. And we lived, we travelled, we bottled the seasons, explored the slits: In the end, the judge powms him guilty only of having smuggled letters and poems out of jail, for which he was fined 50 dollars.

After serving seven years of his sentence, Breytenbach was released from prison. Two Poems Breyten Breytenbach. Read the full of Today I Went Down. He is informally considered as the national poet laureate by Afrikaans -speaking South Africans of the region.

He also holds French citizenship. His committed opposition to apartheid policy compelled him to leave South Africa for Paris, France, in the early s, where he married a You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation.

Sometimes with a sudden dove of thrashing in the throat I discovered it again in a box of old papers in the dark windfilled loft of an evacuated house brfytenbach I tried to remember what it was I would have liked to write right at the beginning when we were still lithe with white-toothed answers and a supple eye But the handmap had become the pale membrane of a testament scribbled in blotting language, indecipherable like the snakeskin no longer able to unknot the deployment and pleating of desire or breyen invent the whole Now when my end is rising over the horizon with bleached sails — a first and last island where breyfenbach the blind dog waits in faith I fold this writing in two, woman, and lay it, hidden in the envelope of a lost beginning, like an unavailable homecoming at your door.


Retrieved 30 July Breytenbach made his debut with a collection of innovative poems in with the publication of Die ysterkoei moet sweet.

Today I Went Down

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Breyten Breytenbach

Today I Went Down today I went down on your body while windows were thick white eyes and hearkened the clogged cavities in the small darkroom of your chest, hedging an eternity over the aching voice from your gorgeous throat, agony and exaltation flow in one divide if I may make so bold, your thighs are a loveword your hair night’s glittering lining of secret disport: He has exhibited in many countries.

He was the curator of Dancing In Other Words, an international meeting of poets in the Western Cape, andand founding editor of Imagine Africa, an international magazine of creative and critical writing. His academic career began at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, after which he transferred to the University of the Western Cape, where he was politicised. He went on to publish over a dozen books of poetry in Afrikaans and English, including Windcatcher: Selected Bibliography Poetry Windcatcher: Biography The work of Breyten Breytenbach includes numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and essays, many of which are in Afrikaans, many translated from Afrikaans to English, and many published originally in English.


Breyten Breytenbach is a renowned poet, painter, activist, and novelist. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. While in prison, Breytenbach wrote prolifically, producing among other works the acclaimed True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist Having exhibited worldwide he is also a recognized breytenbaxh, portraying surreal imagery. New and Selected Poems, Harcourt, I squandered the dark dimensions My errings put to sea: Breyren Blue a sinking Ship. Ithaka Right at the beginning when we were still slim with answers as white as teeth and supple eyes, and you innocent, and my desire a snake mousing for breytenbacy wrinkled nut — right then and there I wanted to write you a poem At the time the days were unthinking and nights long enough to dream Time was for ever.

My errings put to sea: Of Love and Other Poemsa collection of poems for his wife that includes images of east Asia, southern Africa, and Morocco.

Delivering Poems Around The World. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt, Inc. He is informally considered as the national poet laureate by Afrikaans-speaking South Africans of the region.

breytenbqch By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. On an illegal clandestine trip to South Africa in he was arrested and sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment for high treason: Published under a Creative Commons License. He is serving in the departments of English and Drama and is teaching creative writing in the brsytenbach semester of each year.

Thus, more or less, were the trails of the verse. Breytenbach bdeyten the Brooklyn Book Festival. He was born in in the small town of Bonnievale, South Africa. I aimed for the innermost moon and rent, moved by the syntax and the slow of sadness and of joy, so I love you, love you so when the blinding comes, the discomposure of silence, it Breytenbach’s work includes numerous volumes of novels, poetry and essays, many of which are in Afrikaans. At the time, the apartheid regime began censoring literature and other cultural productions, such as music and film.