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Book Review: John Mateer’s Ex-White

Book Review: John Mateer’s Ex-White

Poetry on a Split Screen When poet John Mateer visited Budapest soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, it seemed oddly familiar: the habits of concealment, the pretense, the schizophrenia of a double life, that so reminded him of the South Africa where he had grown up. “There were things that were there that […]

Shadows of a Dream

I lunged desperately but he skipped around me again, leaving me sprawled in the ochre-coloured sand. Padmore, the player I had been assigned to mark, was only 15 years old, but he already had that dangerous mix – the barrel-chested body of a sprinter and the agility of a cat. Our slightly deflated ball seemed […]

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