Poet Focus: Joan Hambidge
What is your current profession? How do you juggle your work and your writing?
I am a professor in Afrikaans and Creative Writing at UCT and currently on sabbatical.
No problem to juggle work and writing.
I write everyday for at least 8 hours: poetry, reviews and currently a guide for young poets.
With which person, living or dead, would you like to have a conversation?
Marilyn Monroe. I would like to talk to her about being misrepresented as an empty sex object as Jacqueline Rose pointed out. I am also curious about the relationship with Arthur Miller, the famous dramatist.
What is the most compelling lesson you have learned thus far from the Covid-19 pandemic?
Less is more. I keep a daily memoir on my blog Woorde wat weeg.
Which poets are you currently reading or which poets inspire you?
e.e. cummings, Robert Pinsky, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens.
What writing project are you currently working on and where can we go to see some new work?
Konfessies, karate en konterfeitsels in September and Nomadiese sterre.
ADVICE TO NEW/YOUNGER POETS
Read the classics and know the canon here and overseas.
Learn from reviews – do not be precious …
BOOKS/MOVIES/SERIES/SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS YOU ARE READING OR FOLLOWING DURING LOCKDOWN
- Georges Perec: Life: A User’s Manual (1988).
- Carmen Maria Machado: In the Dream House (2019).
- The films of Fellini, Bergman, Béla Tarr.