The title catalien engages with the Surrealist notion of a rebus – a puzzle device that combines images to suggest or depict a new word and requires unexpected creative conjunctions that confuse and then delight when the puzzle resolves itself. The rebus relies on a proliferation of meanings and takes pleasure in both the logical and seemingly illogical. catalien is a mystical debut collection of poems that harnesses a liberal range of human emotions combined with a deceptively charming wickedness. It incorporates a skillful blend of traditional form with free verse; in amongst a terrain of cats, fish, birds, dolphins, lizards and snakes, the poet deftly draws the reader into his idiosyncratic world.
Oliver Findlay Price was born in 1935, attended St John’s College, Johannesburg and has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town. He worked for several years as a British merchant seaman and has travelled extensively in
Europe and Africa. After his stint at sea, he endured office jobs for thirty years. He has two grown-up children and is now a widower. His stories have appeared in various journals, and his poems in Carapace, Stanzas and New Contrast: South African Literary Journal. catalien is his debut poetry collection.