The Moveable Feast of Richard Rive by Abigail George

Teacher, artist.
Profound healer
Skin like ochre.
I found his
book amongst
my father’s
things and fell
in love with it
almost immediately.
I only knew
that kind of
love with Hemingway
and Rilke.
You Rive, this
part of the
world’s son
was amongst
those days’
intelligentsia.
I wondered
what he was like
as a youth.
What America
was like. What
loss was like
in his life
at the height of apartheid.
If you were
alive now would
your novels
speak still
of wisdom.
Would they darken with
prophecy?

 

 

 

 

Abigail George is a feminist, South African short story writer, poetand blogger. Her poem ‘What happened at Lonmin’ is included in thepoetry anthology ‘To Kingdom Come’ (poems against political violence)that was edited by Rethabile Masilo. Her fiction ‘Wash Away My Sins’was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was the recipient of writing grants from the National Arts Council in Johannesburg, the Centre for the Book in Cape Town, and ECPACC (Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council) in East London. She briefly studied film at the Newtown Film and Television School in Johannesburg. She was invited to participate in the Imbizo Arts Book Fair (2016) in Uitenhage, the Eastern Cape.

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