Books: Experimental Haiku by Abigail George

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Beast in the kitchen –

Drowned thing with her rosary.

At war with the roast.



Throne. Ghost. Leaf. All guests.

Pale. Ancestral bloodlines – a clever-experiment

In romanticism.



Beach-life. A green-ish plate.

Swimming towards velvet rays of light.

A child’s-laugh (bees). Sea mist.



Jasmine passion – reel.

Flowers in a lonely mind.

Illness for breakfast.



Children underfoot –

There is traffic in my house.

Toy guns. Cowboy hats.


After leaving Mr. Muirhead

Alleys. Streets. Wolves. Sheep.

The shores-of-Johannesburg do not smell like anything-like-Malibu.

It’s primitive living-for-sale.


Remember me

The weather that day. Rain and-then-it-stopped.

Flesh. Skin-on-skin’s-compass. Perfume. And more rain.

Keys to not buying post-apartheid things.



To the lighthouse soul.

To Sappho, Antigone’s divine-ceremony.

Go fishing in rifts.


It’s losing its darkness

Something is damaged –

There is a richness in dust – mother-tongue.

Post-apartheid things. Compasses.


The hours

You are a typhoon –

Waves in the folds of daylight.

Childhood stars are past.


Shade in my bedroom

The end of violence –

The world’s feast is not my home.

The heart of worship.


Inside a public library

I am the June guest –

Greedy for ritual. Sonnets.

Winter possession.


Success for personal growth

Orlando’s river –

Habits of tsunamis past.

What remains is life.



I read as a child –

In books, there are valleys. Hills.

Worlds were within reach.



Infatuation –

Winner of America.

Paper tigers ghosts.


© Abigail George

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About the author

Abigail George

Abigail George’s fiction was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She briefly studied film at Newtown Film and Television School in Johannesburg. She is the recipient of grants from the National Arts Council, Johannesburg, Centre for the Book in Cape Town, and ECPACC (Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council) in East London. She has been widely published from Australia, to Finland to Nigeria, and New Delhi, India to Istanbul, Turkey and Wales.
Her blog African Renaissance can be found online in Modern Diplomacy under Topics.
She contributed for a year to a symposium on Ovi Magazine: Finland’s English Online Magazine. She is a poet, fiction writer, feminist thinker, essayist, and a blogger at Goodreads.

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