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Menings | Opinion > Onderhoude | Interviews > English

Dikson in conversation with Janet van Eeden

Janet van Eeden - 2011-11-01

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Photo: Peter McKenzie

What does being invited to Poetry Africa mean to you?

It is an honour to be here. I have heard only great things, and from day one it exceeded my expectations. It means many things to me: acknowledgement, being able to share with so many people and poets through all of the events lined up. It means I have been given the opportunity to listen and speak to all of these people.

Does an event like Poetry Africa make poetry, a traditionally overlooked genre, more meaningful to the general public?

Definitely. Some people in the poetry world view the influence of hip hop or the more performance-based art to be damaging to the written art. I wholeheartedly disagree – everything needs to grow and we can encourage the youth to get involved in the writing process by speaking their language.

Are you launching a new work here? If so, which one and when?

I have with me copies of the Sonic Slam Chorus promo CD. This is a groundbreaking collaboration between me, the outstanding TJ Dema and a stellar cast of jazz and other musicians from the UK, Norway and Zimbabwe. See www.myspace.com.

What are you most proud of in your literary career to date?

The above project … it’s my baby.

Do you see yourself primarily as a writer, and a poet second, or is it the other way around?

Probably more as a slam poet – the term speaks for me. ;)

What have poets got to offer our country?

Raw human potential, creativity and messages that can inspire absolutely anyone that takes the time to listen.

What is the one thing people should remember about you and your work after you’ve gone?

We’re all as confused as one another, we live in a crazy, sometimes terrifying but always beautiful place. My messages have only ever served to bring people closer here.


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