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Clasics in Ñspel: CROSSING THE MARA, by Laurie van der Hart

CROSÑ Đ MĀRA

Lōri van der Hārt

A Sǎʈ Africn powt hu livz in ɖ Ćeh Rpublic

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On ɖ plenz v Īst Africa, evri yir
Smʈñ tecs ples ɖt z feṃs n rer
Wilḍbīsts en masse mc a gret mîgreśn
N ɖ jrni z fild wɖ mć tribyleśn
Fesñ denjrz n foz v mni cndz
Bt ɖe g on, wɖ wn ʈt in ɖer mîndz –
T fînd grīn pasćrz, īt n svîv
T gv brʈ t yuñ n cīp ɖm alîv

Laynz, hîīnaz n ćītaz alñ ɖ we
R perilz ɖe hv t cǒp wɖ evri de
Bt ɖ gretist ʈret n denjr
Z crosñ ɖ mîti Māra
A rivr ɖt’s brōd n swift-flowñ
Ɖ cuṛnt alon mcs it hevi-gwñ
N lrcñ bnʈ ɖ mrci wōtrz
R ɖ dedliist v ol ɖ preḍtrz

Croc̣dîlz, pôzd n redi fr wrc
Strîcñ ɖ smōl, ɖ struġlñ, ɖ wìc
Bt ɖ wilḍbīsts cntiny t srj
Tumḅlñ dǎn ɖ clifs n intu ɖ srf
Ol v ɖm drivn bî frenzi n fir
Pld fṛm in frunt n pśt fṛm ɖ rir
Traṿlñcmpańnz dis’pir left n rît
Bt slf-preẓveśn z ɖ ol-cnsymñ fît

N at ɖs dṛmatic, lîf-n-deʈ momnt
I wont t brec in wɖ mî poetic coment
Bcz ɖs z hǎ I si ǎr hymn lîf
In ɖs most denjṛs wrld fl v strîf
T ǎr left n rît ppl cīp dropñ
Bt w srj on fwd, ɖr’z no stopñ
Muɖrz n faɖrz n sistrz n bruɖrz
Cuznz n wrcmets n nebrz n uɖrz

Fōl bî ǎr sîdz, noct ǎt v lîf’s rês
Bcm victimz v biyñ in ɖ roñ ples
At ɖ roñ tîm, dy t naćṛl ctastṛfiz
Crîm, wor, sicnis, n uɖr c’laṃtiz
Bt ǎr lîvz cntiny, smhǎ w cīp swimñ
Cīpñ ǎr hedz abv wōtr, nt drǎnñ
In soro, w hv litl tîm fr ʈt or rflex́n
Abt ẃr w r gwñ or ẃ, no rūṃneśn

R w bt hrdz v bīsts drivn bî instñt?
F w liv in ɖs we, w’l sn b xtñt
Ẃt hz hapnd t ǎr hymaṇti?
Ẃ ol ɖs hart-n-mîndlis insaṇti?
It’s tîm t gt bac t besics n tec stoc
V ẃt’s importnt fr ɖ hol floc
V mancînd, d’nt jst se, “It’s nt m!”
Bcz, fr śur, wn de it wl b.

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Clasics in Ñspel: ON HER DEAFNESS, by Laurie van der Hart

ON HR DEFNIS

Lōri van der Hārt

A Sǎʈ Africn powt hu livz in ɖ Ćeh Rpublic

Ẃn I ʈnc v hǎ hr irz
Grù dul ovr ɖ yirz
Hǎ ɖ wrld v sǎnd grù distnt
I fīl insd m welñ p a pen
I si it ol haṗnñ agn
N I rgret ɖt I wz nt mor tolṛnt
N unḍstandñ v hr intns fṛstreśn
Az hr hírñ slipt awe –
ɖ desṗreśn
Ś mst hv flt ẃn ś cd’nt
Folo a convseśn n ś wz’nt
Ebl t b clos t uɖrz az bfr
Hǎ ɖ sîḷns v hr îṣleśn
Mst hv md hr lonli hart sor
Hǎ I wś I’d xprest
mî luv fr hr mor.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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Clasics in Ñspel: EYES IN THE NIGHT, by Laurie van der Hart

ÎZ IN Đ NÎT

Lōri van der Hārt

A Sǎʈ Africn powt hu livz in ɖ Ćeh Rpublic

 

I wz yuñ wns upn a tîm
I imajind gremlinz md v slîm
N fŕbōlz hu livd undr mî bed
N fyrónz insd v mî hed
Mî muɖr tld m nt t tel storiz
Or criet elvz,
or grumbliz or nōriz
So I wz a gd grl aftr ɖt
N I cept mî gūgliz undr mî hat

Nǎ I’m an old wmn in a hom
N I hv a rūm ol v mî ǒn
Bt, I’l tel y ẃt, I’m nt alon
N it’s nt ɖt I’m imaɉneśn-pron
Plīz d’nt tel a soul or ɖe wl
List m fr ɖ sîcopil
Or muv m in wɖ ɖ lūniz
N uɖr od-bōl gūniz

Bt lisn, evri nît I si ɖer îz
Śînñ in ɖ darc lîc fîrflîz
Sm v ɖm r stedi n red
Ɖr’z a grīn wn hir nxt t mî bed
Anɖr wn livz undr ɖ TV
H riyli gvz m ɖ hībi-jībiz
Ɖ blincñ wn on ɖ sīlñ
Gvz m ɖ spūciist fīlñ

Tel y ẃt, ɖ’r nt onli bî m
Mî nebr hz at līst ʈri
I si ɖm sm nîts ẃn I wōc t ɖ lu
N ɖr r mni in ɖ livñrūm tù
Cn y si nǎ ɖt I’m nt drīmñ?
Ɖo ɖ’r olwz gn in ɖ mornñ
Red îz in ɖ nît, I tel y tru
Cīpñ woć ovr m n ovr y

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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Clasics in Ñspel: AFRICAN TRAIN TRIP, by Laurie van der Hart

AFRICN TRENTRIP

Lōri van der Hārt

(A Sǎʈ Africn powt hu livz in ɖ Ćeh Rpublic)

 

Loñ-distns trentrips
I’v luvd ɖm sins I wz a cid
Got luld t slīp bî “cću cću”
N sweid abt ol nît ʈru
Slīpñ in ɖ top buncbed
(Wɖ litl rūm fr mî hed)
In crispli starćt śīts
N ćunci blu blancits
Marct wɖ a big “RR”, olwz
Fr w travld wɖ R’dīźa Relwez

Wocn p evri mornñ
Bî a metl on metl raṭlñ
At ɖ dor, n ɖ speśl smel
Ɖt I ń so vri wel
V trencofi srvd in ẃît ćîna cups
Or polistîrīn wnz

wɖ plastic tops

F w wr ovr ɖ bordr
In Botswana or Sǎʈ Africa

Ɖt yṇformd man n hiz troli
Olso bròt ẃt w xîtidli
Awêtd – SA swīts n snacs
‘Apltîzr’, ‘E’ro’ n ‘Nic-Nacs’
N at mīltîmz h pleid a tynlis tyn
On hiz zîḷfon az h wōct ʈru
Ɖ naro carijpasij
Cōlñ ol t dinr or lunć

Jrñ ɖ de w’d ple
In a liṃtd sort v we
Pirñ ǎt v ɖ pś-dǎn windoz
Wevñ t litl cidz in ɖ śadoz
V a gǒt-infstd tri

or a trmîtmǎnd

Ślṭrñ in eni śêd ɖt cd b faund
Trayñ t iscep

ɖ hot Botswana sún

Anɖr wrld –

so difṛnt fṛm ǎr ǒn wn

Mom trayñ t cīp ɖ pīs
N ordr in ǎr litl spes
Mcñ s woś in ɖ tîni metl snc
Wɖ a hold-dǎn tap

n a dstñtiv stnc

V relwe tracs cmñ p ʈru ɖ vnt
Fr ɖt z ẃr evrʈñ wnt
Fṛm ɖ lu at ɖ end v ɖ carij
Yzñ it dêli tc Mzilicazi curij!

N mî big bruɖr yst t hóp
Of n on at evri stop
Tec a lc arnd, xplor ɖ ples,
Mcñ ɖ rest v s so añśs
Ẃn ɖ tren wz līvñ
Wɖt him evr ri’pirñ
Untl fîṇli h’d śo p
Wɖ a bīmñ smîl n a fízpop

Sìṇri ćenjd az w hedd fr ɖ sì
W’d stren t si ɖ big houl

at Cimḅli

Gêz ovr ɖ flat-topt cópiz

v ɖ C’ru

Untl, at last,

mǎntinsiluéts śon ʈru

N w’d pas ʈru ɖ Hx Rivr Vali
Wɖ its vińdz az far az ɖ î cd si
Ɖen w startd t snif

ɖ sént v ɖ ośn

N w ń w wr nirñ ǎr desṭneśn

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

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ALINKA ECHEVERRÍA: SOUL SEARCHING │ Gazelli Art House, London → 27 June 2015

©Alinka Echeverría: Untitled (Ch1 University Student), Becoming South Sudan Series, 2011

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M-Theory IX, 2015. Platinum-palladium prints floated on museum board and framed in hardwood stained frames, 75 x 50 cm
M-Theory IX, 2015. Platinum-palladium prints floated on museum board and framed in hardwood stained frames, 75 x 50 cm

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