D’un château l’autre. Nick J. Swarth

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The title of the piece (‘D’un château l’autre’) refers to the novel by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, in which he describes his life during and after the Second World War. The barren landscape reminiscent of the war links with Trump’s views on climate change. His political attitude c.q. pathological narcism gets nobody nowhere, which is proven day by day.

Nick J. Swarth aka Störsender aka Janine Ensslin is a poet, performer and visual artist from the Netherlands, as well as the voice & noise of queer rockers Betonfraktion.

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Invitation to the Annual 67 Poems for Freedom event that will take place on Tuesday 18 July 2017

The Unisa Poetry Society, the Department of Afrikaans and Theory of Literature, and the College of Human Sciences at Unisa are once again planning to host the annual 67 Poems for Freedom in collaboration with Freedom Park on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Date: Tuesday 18 July 2017
Time: 09:00-13:00
Venue: Freedom Park, Salvokop
RSVP: loftiz@unisa.ac.za before 12 July for free entrance
(only 130 tickets – includes Freedom Park tour)

The event emphasises the importance of engaging with the concept of freedom in the South African context. What is the meaning of freedom 23 years after South Africa’s first democratic election? How is freedom expressed in our daily lives as South Africans? The project is not only about celebrating freedom in its historical context, but also reinterpreting the concept of freedom in our daily lives as citizens of the country.

The morning will commence at 09:00 with a tour of Freedom Park, followed by the poetry readings from 10:30-12:30. The poets that will be reading their poems at the event include Raphael d’Abdon, Zena John, Lisa Combrinck, Allan Horwitz, Xitha Makgeta, Natalia Molebatsi, Yami Banda, Emma Bekker, Desiré Gird, Naomi Nkealah, Jonathan B. Tucker, Nkateko Masinga, and Andries Oliphant.

Would you be interested in performing your poem about freedom at the 67 Poems for Freedom event at Freedom Park on Tuesday 18 July as part of the open mic session? Contact Alwyn Roux at erouxap@unisa.ac.za before or on 12 July 2017.


Call for contributions

Call for contributions
Theme: Climate change & Donald Trump

Contributions accepted from 1 June to 31 August 2017

“The very feeling of wondering whether the catastrophe will begin soon is a symptom of its already having begun.” (Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects)

Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change has disastrous consequences for our planet. It is a gesture with a very clear message – Donald Trump and his supporters want to put America first but at the cost of the planet. It is time to react against Trump’s ignorance and anti-intellectualism by writing about the impact of climate change on our planet. The reaction against Trump can take on various forms, for example, by making artworks on the impact of droughts, writing poems about the effects of industries on the environment, composing of music representing the lifetime of nuclear materials, writing creative essays on the threats of plastics on marine life, and so forth. In solidarity with the French President Emmanuel Marcon, we need to emphasise the many ways we share the responsibility to “make our planet great again.”
We accept a variety of contributions including:

• poems and short stories
• essays (academic or other)
• interviews
• photographs and artworks (only high quality, at least 1mb)

Please include a short (single sentence) biography and photo of the author to be published on guillotine.blog. You are welcome to forward this submission request to other possible candidates.

Send your contribution for review to Alwyn Roux guillotinemagazine@gmail.com


Oproep om bydraes
Tema: Klimaatsverandering & Donald Trump

“The very feeling of wondering whether the catastrophe will begin soon is a symptom of its already having begun.” (Timothy Morton, Hyperobjects)

Donald Trump se besluit om die Verenigde State uit die Paryse ooreenkoms oor klimaatsverandering te onttrek het verreikende gevolge vir die planeet. Dit is ‘n gebaar met ‘n baie duidelike boodskap – Donald Trump en sy ondersteuners wil Amerika eerste stel, maar ten koste van die planeet. Dit het tyd geword om teen die onbedagsaamheid en anti-intellektualisme van Trump op te tree deur te skryf oor die impak van klimaatsverandering op die planeet. Die reaksie kan verskillende vorms aanneem, byvoorbeeld deur die maak van kunswerke oor die impak van droogtes, die skryf van gedigte oor die uitwerking van industrieë op die omgewing, die komponering van musiek oor die leeftyd van kernafval, die skryf oor die gevare van plastiek vir die seelewe, ensomeer. Stuur jou bydrae aan guillotinemagazine@gmail.com. In solidariteit met die Franse president Emmanuel Marcon, is dit nodig om die verskillende maniere te beklemtoon waarop die verantwoordelikheid by ons berus om “die planeet weer eerste te stel.” Ons aanvaar verskeie bydraes wat insluit:

• gedigte en kortverhale
• essays (akademies of ander)
• onderhoude
• foto’s en kunswerke (slegs hoë kwaliteit, ongeveer1mb)

Sluit asb. ‘n kort (een sin) biografie en foto van die outeur in om op guillotine.blog gepubliseer te word. Jy is welkom om die oproep om bydraes aan ander moontlike kandidate aan te stuur.

Stuur jou bydrae aan Alwyn Roux


As the crows fly. Emma Bekker

There were crows, who once ruled the earth. They had escaped from the ark of a terrible god,
their beaks seeking the carrion that was borne on the waves of a flood.
They had a taste for blood,
this black sorority of all that is pragmatic,
turning floodwaters into amniotic fluid.

They bored out eyes, opening the view to the unseen, their cries piercing deaf ears.

They were unpickers of the thorax,  scissoring through the last fibers of that which binds human to earth.

And then they taught that wily Gilgamesh a lesson that his seed is still struggling to plumb:
floating isn’t flight.

Athol Williams. Words


Words dance upon air
that flows over tongues –
breath –
powerful breath
with infinite paths
to come alive
in sound –
a grunt, a curse,
a song to soothe the wounded,
a prayer to lift the soul.

Words, like airstreams,
can lift the spirit’s wings
or break them.

Just air
flowing over tongues
that carry the magic of sound
soaked with the power of intention –
words –
that can change the world.

All first published in Bumper Cars (The Onslaught Press, 2015)
© Athol Williams

Athol Williams. Magic


I want to perform some
magic; make a fountain
appear in the desert sand,
make a mountain turn to
nougat; defy gravity by
leaping from tree to tree,
or run faster than the
speed of dreams, or bend
the unbendable, or lift the
unliftable, or perhaps …
make those frightened men
who kill in vain to rid their
hearts of fear, to stop; to
lift their faces to light,
and to see … life.  Ah magic!

All first published in Bumper Cars (The Onslaught Press, 2015)
© Athol Williams