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Ligloop (ePub) | Poetry & Poetry Anthologies

Tom Gouws

ATKV Prize for Poetry (2011)

Tom Gouws’ fourth poetry collection has four sections. The first section focuses on the art work of Delft painter Vermeer; the second on the temporary nature of the body; the third on the role of Christians and Afrikaners in Africa and the fourth on a group of Afrikaners who trekked into Africa in search of the New Jerusalem.

There is a strong visionary and intellectual element to the collection.

Listen to a reading of Tom Gouws's poetry on RSG.














Listern to a musical composition of a poem from Ligloop: 'vrou wat pêrels weeg'.*



vrou wat pêrels weeg
vir elisabeth eybers

God val lig by die venster in, so onverwags
soos met die wederkoms is Hy skielik hiér.
die swanger vrou is lank voor daglumier
reeds op. sy vat die pêrels en laat elk sag
inrol op die juweleskaal. sy sien hoe deursigtig
’n fraksie lig die juweel glansend laat gloei
en hoe die strale reflekteer en inmekaarvloei.
sy verwonder haar hoe swaar is die gewig van lig.
soos ’n oester is sy ook voorberei op ’n oordeelsdag.
die kosbaarheid lê nie in die glansende sediment,
weet sy, maar in die weerloosheid van wag.
binne haar begin iets brand soos ’n ligfilament
terwyl sy die dagbreek inwag, die dief in die nag.
eindelik word die swaar sandkorrel ín haar transendent.

*The song by Tom Gouws and Liani Reynolds is available on the CD Vermeer(der) in vers en fuga. It is published here with the author's permission. For any inquiries about Vermeer(der) in vers en fuga please contact matzie.lee@elijahafrica.com, tel. 082 870 6413.

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Ligloop (ePub) | Poetry & Poetry Anthologies


Author: Tom Gouws
Category: Poetry & Poetry Anthologies
ISBN: 9780798153331
Date Released: 10 September 2010
Price (incl. VAT): R 210.00
Format: ePub, 96pp

About this author

Tom Gouws


Tom Gouws’ previous collections of poetry are diaspora, troglodiet and Syspoor. Gouws lectures at the universities of Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Bophuthatswana...

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