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Transcontinental Delay

by Simon van Schalkwyk

In Transcontinental Delay, Simon Van Schalkwyk tracks experiences of imminent arrival and departure, periods of waiting and suspension between destinations, points where the demands of place dissolve into the more anticipatory potentialities of space. Drawing on geographical lexicons familiar to South African localities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg, the collection also captures fleeting encounters with global spaces as far afield as the United Kingdom, Argentina and Sweden. Considering the world from a position of "transcendental homelessness" rather than more conventional expressions of estrangement, alienation, or exile, the poems collected in Transcontinental Delay are attentive to a fundamental sense of unbelonging, registering the moods, tones and attitudes of the visitor and stranger: figures of restlessness and, at times, obscurity, at odds with both the settlements of "home" and the transitory compulsions of travel.

Read an interview with Simon Van Schalkwyk about his poetry here.

ISBN 9781990992285 | 92 pages | 210 x 140mm | 2021 | Dryad Press, South Africa | Paperback



"Simon van Schalkwyk's poetry pulls the world into uncommon focus. He is a poet of place and occasion, using telling precision of words, and the upending image. Not only is this a startling debut of maturity and accomplishment, but among its poems are those which, from the outset, will enter the literature."

P. R. Anderson



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