karin schimke wins 2014

She walked into the open sea.
She never came back, alive.
A life tormented. A young life.
A broken relationship with her father, a politician in the days of apartheid.
Nelson Mandela quoted one of her poems.

Her name is Ingrid Jonker, she tuned words into poetry.

A few years ago I saw a documentary on her life. Heartbreaking.
In the movie “Black Butterflies” an attempt was made to bring her back to life.

She is yearly honoured by giving her name to a poetry prize.
This year the winner is Karin Schimke.


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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