Dryad Press is delighted to announce the publication of, The Coroner’s Wife, a selection of the poems of Joan Hambidge in translation.
With translations by well-known poets Charl JF Cilliers, Johann de Lange, Jo Nel and Douglas Reid Skinner, this selection offers English readers a unique opportunity to experience a renowned poet in their own language. Visit our News page for details of the launch.
“Tonight I read from a borrowed book
about the lives of my friends, my father
and everyone who has crossed my path.
About a life taken from the library of the Dead.”
– Joan Hambidge, ‘Istanbul, a Meditation’,
translation by Charl JF Cilliers
Dryad Press is proud to announce the publication of Tony Ullyatt’s debut poetry collection, An Unobtrusive Vice
This collection is the third in the Dryad Press Living Poets Series
“Crouched among the last surviving pieces
of my life’s wreck, I seek a chemistry,
some wizard’s formula which releases
the wayward life from its grim history.”
– Tony Ullyatt, ‘Like Icarus’
Dryad Press is delighted to announce the publication of Beverly Rycroft’s long awaited second collection, A Private Audience.
This collection is the second in the Dryad Press Living Poets Series.
“He caught a fish on Christmas Day
and brought it to my house to say
what he could not, of love. And hate.”
– Beverly Rycroft, ‘The wonderful, magic fortune-telling fish’
DRYAD PRESS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE PUBLICATION of UNEARTHED
Edited by Joan Hambidge and Michèle Betty, Unearthed features a selection of the best poems published in 2016 and features the work of Isobel Dixon, Johann de Lange, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Juanita Louw, Colleen Crawford Cousins, Hilda Smits, Stephen Symons, Ilse Van Staden, Marike Beyers, Martjie Bosman and Helen Moffett.
Announcing the first poet in the Dryad Press Living Poets Series: Metaphysical Balm by Michèle Betty
Dryad Press (Pty) Ltd is proud to announce the publication of its first poetry publication of 2017: Metaphysical Balm by Michèle Betty. “Michele Betty’s collection with its protagonist Owl, breaks open the doors that keep life’s mysteries hidden from view. Mystical and yet deeply grounded in the human(e) these are the sorts of poems which flood heart and brain with a brilliant, bloody light” (Meg Vandermerwe).
“ Owl rests in the shadows
of the cedar tree,
wraps herself in its warmth,
to survey the complexities of life,
surprising in their sharp agonies,
memento, homo, quia pulvis es,
dust unto dust,
a vita peracta –
redolent truths, rediscovered amongst
the scent and sturdiness
of the cedarwood.”
– Michèle Betty, Ancestral Karma