Charl-Pierre Naudé

(1958 / Kokstad)

Charl-Pierre Naudé
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Charl-Pierre Naudé is a poet, prose writer and essayist, and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published three volumes of poetry in Afrikaans, one in English, and a second English volume is underway. His first novel will appear shortly.

Naudé has worked as a journalist, editor, freelance literary critic and book reviewer. He has published in notable magazines in the Netherlands and in South Africa. In Germany some of his latest work has appeared in Schreibheft 84. He has often read at international festivals. In 2014 he lived in Berlin on the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD. more »

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How i got my name

(or, A Concise History of Colonisation)

Giving a name to something
is to breath life into it.
Of all the ways animals procreate,
protect and survive communally,
a single member giving a name
to another is the thing
that changes the species forever.

Giving names
is the origin of humanity.
The beginning of Creation.
Why Darwin is wrong.
And the reason why his cat left.

The granting of names is also the reason
why God created Heaven and Earth within seven days.
Seven names in one family are more than enough.

Giving a name to ...

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