Poet Focus: Kobus Moolman

INTERESTING FACTS


What is your current profession? How do juggle your work and your writing?

I teach creative writing in the department of English Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
How do I juggle my work and my writing? I don’t. Things fall to the ground around me. Mostly made up of my own projects. But if I can even manage to keep just one ball belonging to me in the air then I am satisfied.

 

With which person, living or dead, would you most like to have a conversation?

Admiral Horatio Nelson. Don’t ask me why. He was a childhood hero of mine.

 

What is the most compelling lesson you have learned thus far from the Covid-19 pandemic?
That I am not as mentally strong as I thought I was.

 

Which poets are you currently reading or which poets inspire you?
I am currently reading Emily Berry, Else Lasker-Schule, Carolyn Forche, Denise Levertov and Johannes Bobrowski.

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ADVICE TO NEW/YOUNGER POETS


  • Read. Whether poetry or fiction or non-fiction does not matter.
  • Take your work It is not a hobby. It matters. It is the only thing that matters.
  • Be patient. Be dogged. Persevere in spite of.

 

BOOKS/MOVIES/SERIES/SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS YOU ARE READING OR FOLLOWING YOU ARE following DURING LOCKDOWN


  • Araby, a 2017 Brazilian film directed by Joao Dumans and Affonso Uchoa
  • Bad Seed Teevee: 24hr Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • Biography of the painter Goya. Written by Robert Hughes

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Published Books

catalien by Oliver Findlay Price
missing by Beverly Rycroft
Landscapes of light and loss by Stephen Symons
An Unobtrusive Vice by Tony Ullyatt
Allegories of the everyday by Brian Walter
Otherwise occupied by Sally Ann Murray
The coroner’s wife by Joan Hambidge
A private audience by Beverly Rycroft
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