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Michèle Betty and I are planning a poetry evening later this year in Cape Town where she is based. Michèle is the founder of Dryad Press and editor of New Contrast: South African Literary Journal.

Tony won the 2019 South African Award for Poetry for An Unobtrusive Vice. Dryad Press published this in 2018 so the above three senryū are not part of it. But it is a good time to buy this collection as Dryad are running a special online promotion: three books for the price of two. It is the sort of book that is good to have in your bedroom or bathroom – his use of words is quite beautiful, evocative yet minimal.

identical days
trail one after the other:
each unlike the rest

 

after brusque jostling
in shops with payday people:
the refuge of home

 

May arrived today
walking jogging biking in:
life remains fragile

 

Image: book cover from Dryad Press.