Book of the Day: When Afternoons Taper to Mortality and other poems by Richard Walne

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Acclaimed South African writer, poet and musician Richard Walne (1968 – 2007) takes us on a poignant and, at times, melancholy journey in this collection of poems, found in a journal on his kitchen counter after his death. When Afternoons Taper to Mortality and other poems is an evocative exploration of love, loss, beginnings and endings.

“Richard Walne’s poems invite us in to their own world of fierce loving, of passion that is not simply sexual or sensual or even ultimately physical (though the physical is more often than not the gateway). It is a self-created world of heartfelt sincerity, where contradictions and lies make absolute sense, and where the beauty of the world and of the other meet and separate and meet again.” — Kobus Moolman, poet and playwright

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South African poet, Richard Walne has written a collection of beautifully intense and lyrical poetry, filled with bitter sweet longing and rich in unique imagery. The poems were found in a journal on his kitchen counter after his death.

Instagram: @richardwalnepoetry

You sprawl on pianos

You sprawl on pianos

on nights

as long as the wires

between your cervix

and your knees;

and metronomes weep

over your capricious hips

and the violet skyline

of your arms.

You break notes of glass

as curved as your calves

and as dense as the harvest

that shudders

above the dunes of your

clutch

and the brazen bones

of jaw and femur.

I leave a hundred toes

on the baritone notes blighted

by pedals of mute and sustain.

–Richard Walne – When Afternoons Taper to Mortality and other poems (c) 2012

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