Tuesday, May 29, 2012

SOMETHING LINGERS

SOMETHING LINGERS  
© Farouk Asvat 

If there is no first coming
There are no second thoughts
Even though the flames are out
And the night is dark

But something lingers

The architecture of the wind
The splendour of the shooting star
The meanderings of the mind
The ululating dunes
Linger

Even when the pane is misted over
And a heap of silence lies between us
Even when only a line spun by a spider
Connects across the empty vastness of the desert
Something like love lingers
Even in animosity


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Something Lingers was previously published in:

     Realities (Blac, Cape Town, p11, Spring 1985);
     A Celebration Of Flames, (donker, p51, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p43, 1988);
     Iets Blijft Er Hangen: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p52, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (29.05.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p52, 2014).

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the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $7.50 & kindle @ only $5
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the collection of literary essays Weapons of Words by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:





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IETS BLIJFT ER HANGEN 

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes 

Als de eerste toenadering er niet is
Volgen er geen gedachten,
Ook al is het vuur gedoofd
En de nacht donker.

Maar iets blijft er hangen:

De architectuur van de wind
De flonkering van de vallende ster
Het doolhofvan de geest
De jammerende duinen
Blijven hangen

Zelfs wanneer de ruiten beslagen zijn
En er tussen ons een massa stilte ligt
Zelfs als slechts het draadje van een spin
De lege uitgestrektheid der woestijn doortekt
Blijft er iets als liefde hangen
Zelfs in vijandigheid

     Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes

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the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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#faroukasvat #weapons of words #comparative literature #literary criticism
#a celebration of flames #something lingers #something #lingers

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

AUTUMN ON A SUNDAY MORNING

AUTUMN ON A SUNDAY MORNING  
© Farouk Asvat  

Township music wafts up bluesily
To my fifth floor cube:
A house in a room.
A charcoal child swings
Listless and nonchalant
In the morning sun of winter.
Mother and boyfriend
(husband and wife so far away)
Fry chicken offal in the backyard
Of the gujerati school
Where children sing
The alphabet on weekdays.
Shaking the homebrew shake
Doing the slowmotion monkeyjive
Just taking it easy:
Building god's paradise is hard work
Even his servants need a rest


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Autumn On A Sunday Morning was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p27, 1987);
     Herfst Op Een Zondagechtend: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p32, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (22.05.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p32, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the collection of literary essays WEAPONS OF WORDS by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:

farouk asvat - poems: www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com




books by farouk asvat: www.faroukasvat-books.blogspot.com

[] also link up on:


linkedin: www.linkedin.com/farouk-asvat/




amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

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HERFST OP EEN ZONDAGECHTEND  

          Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Mbaqanga zweeft neerslachtig omhoog
Naar mijn hok op de vijfde verdieping:
Een huis in een kamer.
Een kind als kolen schommelt
Lusteloos en nonchalant
In de winterochtendzon.
De moeder en haar vriend
(man en vrouw zo ver)
Bakken bedorven kip op het erf
Van de Gujerati school
Waar kinderen door de week
Het alfabet zingen.
Zij wiegen de tshwaladans,
Doen de monkeyjive in slowmotion,
Op hun dooie akkertje:
Het bouwen van Gods paradijs is zwaar werk
Zelfs zijn knechten moeten rusten

          Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes

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#love #literature #fiction #novel #poetry #southafrica #apartheid #books #classics
#faroukasvat #a #celebration of #flames #autumn #sunday #morning



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

AUTUMN


AUTUMN  
© Farouk Asvat  

Winter comes dancing
Swirling brownpaper leaves
On the rainy tarmac
Reflecting traffic lights
With a hint of mist and cold
In the warmth of the evening sun
Where sycamores stand naked
And workers huddle past
Engrossed in their overcoats


© farouk asvat

composed: 1986 [Mayfair, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Autumn was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p26, 1987);
     Herfst: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     Screens And Tasted Parallels 2 (Palo Alto, USA, p11, 1990);
     Sesame 14 (Renoster Books, p3, Autumn 1991);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p31, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (15.05.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p31, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the collection of literary essays WEAPONS OF WORDS by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:

farouk asvat - poems: www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com




books by farouk asvat: www.faroukasvat-books.blogspot.com

[] also link up on:


linkedin: www.linkedin.com/farouk-asvat/




amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

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HERFST  
© Farouk Asvat  

          Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

De winter komt aandansen
Laat bruinpapieren bladeren dwarrelen
Op het natte asfalt
Dat verkeerslichten weerkaatst
Met een zweem van mist en kou
In de warme avond zon
Waar esdoorns in hun naaktheid staan
En werkers opeengepakt passeren
Weggedoken in hun jas

          Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes

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#love #literature #fiction #novel #poetry #southafrica #apartheid #books #classics
#faroukasvat #a celebration of flames #autumn



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES


THE TIME OF OUR LIVES  
© Farouk Asvat  

The maelstrom of madness returns
Here in the grey arteries of the city
Where again I look for warmth in winter streets

Away from the oppressive nature of Natal
Away from the gentle winds of the Cape
Here it is harsh, the land and its people

So memory stretches
Across the grey waves of the Karoo
Over the formidable Hottentots-Holland
To the peninsula of hope and storms

There among the maroon bougainvillaea
White orchids and purple four o' clocks
Your face is serene

     The full-mouthed hello
     The compassion in the laughter within your smile
     The subtle tease in your strut
     Return like a swell


© farouk asvat

composed: 1980 [Johannesburg - Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

The Time Of Our Lives was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p65, 1982);
     The Indicator (Johannesburg, p35, 11.06.1985);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, p3, 1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p16, 1988);
     Güzel Anlarımız: translated into Turkish by İlyas Tunç
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p62, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (08.05.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p62, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $7.50 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the collection of literary essays Weapons of Words by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:





books by farouk asvat: www.faroukasvat-books.blogspot.com

[] also link up on:






amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

_______________________________________________________
[] Güzel Anlarımız  

     translated into Turkish by © İlyas Tunç

Dönüyor çılgınlığın girdabı
Burada, gri atardamarlarında kentin
Yine karlı sokaklarda sevgiyi aradığım yerde

Natal’ın baskın doğasından uzakta
Cape’in kibar rüzgârlarından uzakta
İşte, hırçınlık: ülkem ve insanları

Böylece uzanıyor anılar
Karoo’nun gri dalgaları boyunca
Ürkütücü Hottentus-Holland üzerinden
Umut ve fırtınalar yarımadasına

Orada, kestane rengi begonyalar
Beyaz orkideler, pembe saat dört çiçekleri arasında
Senin berrak yüzün

     Ağız dolusu merhaba deyişin
     Gülüşündeki, kahkahandaki sevecenlik
     Kurumla yürüyündeki ince alay
     Kabarmiş bir dalga gibi dönüyor geri.

     by kind permission of © İlyas Tunç

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