(There are shards of light also, but
I will say nothing about them.
A cellphone camera is recording
what may be shared of this moment afterwards.)
An Illuminated Darkness by Jacques Coetzee
Unwanted prayers on your behalf, kindnesses that you end up resenting – living with visual impairment is less about matters of sight than it is about problems of perception.
A life without mirrors is not a life without self-examination. On the contrary, Jacques Coetzee’s debut is a manifesto of personhood, a portrait of a world brought into being by its textures, its movements, and – most importantly – its music. Easy-flowing and sensuous, this is a collection of the unexpected, the strange, and the suddenly beautiful. Unavoidably and undeniably, Coetzee’s is a truly unique perspective.
Jacques Coetzee, born in 1972, matriculated from the Pioneer School for the Blind in Worcester. He has worked as a busker at the Cape Town Waterfront, and has tutored English literature to first- and second-year university students. In 2002 he obtained a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and in 2018, he and Barbara Fairhead published a joint anthology of poems, The Love Sheet. He currently lives in Cape Town, where he is a singer-songwriter in the band Red Earth & Rust.