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Janet van Eeden Interviews Kobus Moolman on Light and After (And Reviews the Book)

Light and AfterAfter calling Kobus Moolman‘s latest collection of poetry, Light and After, a “revelation” in a perceptive and highly positive review, Janet van Eeden settles down with the poet for a nice winter’s chat:

Your poetry is dense with meaning. Do you spend a long time contemplating your poetry before you put pen to paper, or do you write a few words down and then play around with ideas until you find your poem? What I’m asking, essentially, is, “How do you write your poetry?”

An interesting question. My answer is related to the first point. Ultimately, I aim more and more in my work for an unconscious way of writing, for a way that attempts to sidestep the rational and cognitive mind, with its ego and its need always to understand everything, and to allow more of the instinctual to take over. And this is interesting too, because never before have I been able to do this without running the risk of obscurity. Now I don’t believe my poems are obscure; they just need or expect a different way of being read. A freer, looser way of reading. And this way of reading is related to a freer and looser way of writing. So that often as I’m writing I don’t have the faintest clue (a) where I am going and (b) what any of it means.

  • Complete interview at LitNet

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