Dawn Garisch is the highly acclaimed author of a non-fiction work, a memoir and seven novels, her latest, Breaking Milk, was published by Karavan Press in 2019. Her poem Blood Delta won the DALRO Prize in 2007 for best poem, and Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatje Poetry Award in 2011. Difficult Gifts, her debut poetry collection, was published the same year.
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Disturbance by Dawn Garisch
we are mere players
in a pantomime, performing parts
which must stay true to narrative alone;
right now, this means weeping salt
into a chilli stew to the sound of the sea –
that enormous story, consistent and unfathomed,
repeating outside in the dark, endlessly.
“I write into questions of discomfort, tracking an image until the poem reveals a partial answer.”