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Klawerjas (ePub) | Poetry & Poetry Anthologies

Adam Small

In the title poem of the collection Small acknowledges that Klawerjas is an extension of a way of life, and gives expression to the sensation that in the midst of so much poverty and subjugation he is someone that still retains some words “that grope along the walls of the dark rooms of our existence, continuously searching for the doors, the openings to the light”. He adds his voice to that of Van Wyk Louw and declares that surrounded by injustice he doesn’t have much option other than writing, talking and trying to persuade.

In this collection he writes: “There are those among us who cannot live / without poetry. No-one should be without the experience of the rhythmic / undulation and osmosis of the finely chosen / sentence and word.” But what he claims for himself, he grants others too. He writes: “Therefore the poet needs / frequently to reveal a poem / in public, make poetry accessible, / and thus serve people – such as / this poem-brimful-with-gratitude ...”

Even though in this collection he strikes up a conversation with fellow poets, writers, philosophers and other artists, he writes with the conviction that his poems are destined “for ordinarily intelligent people” and that they “should not be a show of learnedness and obscure grandiloquence”.

These are poems that speak of seasoned experience, deep conviction and a sincere empathy with the fate of the aggrieved. These are conversational verses that reveal a fine ear for the musicality of everyday things, the melody that rises up spontaneously and unaffectedly as we gaze upon the ordinary, in amazement.

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Klawerjas (ePub) | Poetry & Poetry Anthologies


Author: Adam Small
Category: Poetry & Poetry Anthologies
ISBN: 9780624065463
Date Released: 20 September 2013
Price (incl. VAT): R 250.00
Format: Soft cover, 144pp

About this author

Adam Small


Adam Small was born on 21 December 1936 in Wellington. He matriculated in 1953 at the St Columbas High School in Athlone on the Cape Flats. He then attended the...