" Renée Sigel's poetry has an erotic thrill and daring rarely seen in contemporary English language poetry. She is a poet entirely in love with both language and the world, but at the same time entirely unsentimental about either. her best work reads like that of a 1920's French surrealist reincarnated into the body of a 21st century woman.." Kevin Higgins (Boy with No Face, Salmon Poetry 2005)
Renee gives an overview of the book:
Ma 'dala (old man)
ma'dala sing to me her lullaby
for the heavens will not speak to me
And my mind is sunk of love and violence
She is much like bread these days, scattered
Across tables, torn and crumbed
And oh, how I would have her speak...
Ma'adala sing to me her heart
The breeze betrays a little of her song
ma'adala sing to me her lullaby
for i would die with her
But all the wild grass would have
Are our bodies grown from a single wooden face.
Hottentot Venus, a prose poem about the historical figure, Sara Baartman is the inspiration behind the formation of Literati Foundation's anti-human trafficking initiative... the Hottentotvenus Project which aims to offer young women and girls exploited into modern day sexual slavery,g access to education and skills training, so that they not only have an opportunity to reclaim their identities, but rebuild their lives free of stigma.
I was born and educated in South Africa during the 'golden era' of Apartheid. I grew up somewhere between the stables, the stage and the dance studio. My young world was shaped by storytellers yet, I would never have considered writing at all had it not been for the enigmatic...