|Potters in Limpopo|
|On a hillside in Mashau, Limpopo|
Then in the summer of 2012 I was back there with Giya for her 18th birthday. We stayed at Risenga's place in Johannesburg but mostly in Mashau where he has built two round houses on the side of a hill. I didn't expect poems to come from this trip, but they did, inevitably because South Africa's like that - it throws images at you so fast, generously, sometimes alarmingly that some of them have to evolve into more than a transient impression.
|At the Phiphidi Falls outside Sibasa|
I thought two of these poems - Axes and Leaving Orange Farm - would fit in Woman's Head As Jug. Because when I trace the central image in the title poem of course it comes from South Africa, from the village of Mashau, from the sculptures of Noria Mabasa, from the co-operatives of women potters we visited, from all the women carrying what is needed for life. But the poems didn't fit anywhere, so they came out of WHAJ. One of them - Axes - found a place in Mslexia's winter 2013 issue, selected by Pascale Petit. Others are waiting to be sent out, others may yet be waiting to be written.
|Leopard mother (her cub's behind)|