P.R. Anderson

P. R. Anderson has published three volumes, Litany Bird, Foundling’s Island and In a Free State: A Music (“Destined to be a landmark in South African poetry” – J.M. Coetzee). Peter is the recipient of South Africa’s Thomas Pringle Prize for Poetry (2018) and the Sanlam Literary Award (2006), and was runner-up in the Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize of Canberra University in 2017, judged by Simon Armitage, and in The Rialto/RSPB “Nature and Place” competition in 2020. He teaches English at the University of Cape Town. His work has appeared in The London Magazine, Denver Quarterly, TEXT, The Rialto, New Contrast, New Coin, and other magazines. His collection forthcoming from Dryad Press is Night Transit.



“Nights almost pass while the bay
fails again, the pipes chafe, the sewers
smirch the air and we climb
up through leagues of breath but never
breach, and somehow sleep”

P.R. Anderson – ‘And My Heart, Maputo’


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