uHlanga are proud to announce our latest release: Prunings, by Helen Moffett. This chapbook/collection hybrid presents some of our most experimental and performative poetry yet, from one of South African literature's most prolific editorial forces.
Where do unfinished poems go – the early buds, the offcuts, all of the blooms that can't be bunched together? In this beguiling bouquet of travel poetry, diary fragments, letters, works-in-progress and retrospection, Helen Moffett offers us a rare look into the workings, misfirings and triumphs of a literary mind. A collection of tentative moments and emotions, rendered in fleeting and experimental forms.
Helen Moffett was born in Pretoria in 1961. A poet, editor, feminist activist and academic, her publications include university textbooks, an anthology of landscape writings, a cricket book (with the late Bob Woolmer and Tim Noakes), and the Girl Walks In erotica series (with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige). Her first poetry collection, Strange Fruit, was published by our friends at Modjaji Books in 2009. She lives in Noordhoek.
With an unfinished cover illustration by the late botanical artist Ellaphie Ward-Hilhorst, this is a collection that embodies the trials and small victories of being a writer; the side of a poet and creative mind that few people ever see.
Prunings will be released in September 2016, for sale through bookstores throughout South Africa, and elsewhere from the African Books Collective.