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AMYTIS (article first published : 2007-06-19)

Adams Booksellers of Musgrave recently launched in Durban Marí Peté's new book, Amytis. This collection of poems was recently launched at the London Book Fair and is due for release at the Cape Town Book Fair in June.

In this collection of poetry Mari explores dreamscapes, everyday experiences and the thin membrane between these two states of being. In many of her poems she weaves connections between the realms of Nature and Spirit. In contrasting mood, writing in Iscamtho or Tsotsitaal (an urban South African street dialect) Pete takes the reader on alternative guided tours of her home city Durban with Umgeni Road, Durban Taxi and Local is Lekker.

"A sensual storyteller, Marí Peté shifts effortlessly between English and Afrikaans. Layer upon layer, subtle lines unfurl into imaginative explorations of the sacred in everyday life," says Michelle McGrane on the electronic publication LitNet.

Well-known poet and writer Doriaan Haarhoff adds: "Mari's poems are like stones dropped in a pond. She writes in between the ripples. Her images splash into our faces and her rhythms lap at our feet."

Durban poet, Marí Peté grew up on the Eastern Highlands of South Africa and has worked in e-learning at Durban University of Technology since 1994. Over a period of 20 yrs her poems have appeared in a number of literary journals. She was the winner of the Woordgilde poetry competition in 2005.




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