[Poem] Malnourished Sonnet, by John Eppel


     The unburnt pot
     on my desk
     could never carry water
     from the Umzingwane Dam,
     or beer brewed
     in a forty gallon drum,
     or the spirit
                 of a stillborn baby;

     but it is a useful receptacle
     for my pen,
     screwdriver,
     tweezers,
     nail clippers,
     and Ingrid Jonker medal.

c) John Eppel, 2008

About the author

John Eppel is an award-winning poet, novelist and short story writer. His books include the novels, D.G.G. Berry’s The Great North Road ( Carrefour-Hippogriff, 1992); Hatchings (Carrefour, 1993) and The Giraffe Man (Queillerie, 1994). His latest novel, The English Teacher (extract) is due out shortly from amaBooks.

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