Lea Simpson

Rookie (16 October 1979 / Johannesburg)

Comments about Lea Simpson

  • Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (6/22/2006 8:19:00 AM)

    you have a remarkable talent, Lea, of writing the most concise and heaviest poems and wrapping them neatly in small packages. your poetry is simply wonderful to read and damn brilliant to watch unfold. thanks for sharing your heart and your humour.


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  • Max Reif (2/26/2006 9:22:00 AM)

    On the day I'm writing this, February 26,2006, Lea has 20 poems posted, many of them short. The longer ones, I believe, are all, or almost all, in rhymed stanzas (not generally *my* favorite cup of tea) . That should not keep you from reading her poems. Among these are some of the most brilliant lines I have ever seen! As I wrote under one of Lea's, 'You are only 27, and you've already written things as good or better than Dorothy Parker, the 'bard-ess' of barbed, rhymed verse.' There is a haiku among these 20, that says as much as many whole books! Lea has a brilliant mind and a wonderful disregard for the 'polite' and the conventional. I harbor a wish-it may be completely irrelevant to Lea's intuition, in which case she should not follow it-to also see how this wonderful mind would unfold itself in completely unfettered, free verse, and even prose stories and essays.

The Giant

My father the giant as giant as can be
Big, strong looking down at me

Giant feet I stand on top of,
so that I move when my giant dad does

My father the giant as giant as can be
I look straight ahead now and it’s you that I see

And all my steps are my own these days
but you’re still my giant in innumerable ways

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