In her second volume of poetry, Navigate, poet Karin Schimke explores the idea of home, contemplating notions of belonging and un-belonging and the various places and ways in which one is "at home". Schimke questions the poet’s right or duty to speak, while delivering a meditation on love in all its cruel, gleaming facets, as she traces her own psychic constellations back into the blistering orbit of her father. Drawing from the blood and milk of memory, in symphonic shifts of language, her poems are as forgiving as they are furious, summoning both the elemental and the numinous in a painting of the relationship between people and the natural world.
Karin Schimke’s debut book of poetry Bare & Breaking won the Ingrid Jonker Award in 2014. Schimke is a widely published journalist and works as a writer, editor, writing teacher and a translator. In 2016, she won the South African Literature prize for translation for Flame In the Snow – The Love Letters of André Brink and Ingrid Jonker. She lives in Cape Town.
Navigate was launched at The Book Lounge on 31 January 2018. Paul Reeves shares his photos from the evening.