The Book Lounge and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Annette Snyckers’ debut collection of poems, “Remnants, Restante, Reste”. Her collection features poems in English, Afrikaans and German. Finuala Dowling will introduce Annette and talk to her about her poems. We will also hear Annette read from the collection.
In this, her first volume of poetry Annette Snyckers both affirms and radically questions with steely restraint, her place in the family of things and all the conflicting things of family.
— Danie Marais
Annette Snyckers’ poetry attests to the rich inner world of a woman who has sharpened her sensitivity against reality from a young age and has found escape and safety in all the wild places of the world. Her poems, in three languages, leave the reader feeling calm and vicariously nourished. 'Remnants, Restante, Reste' is a whisper of solace. — Karin Schimke
"In a series of jewel-like images, poems like paintings, Annette Snyckers evokes the real and imagined journeys of a lifetime. Beautifully conceptualised and crafted, the poems in 'Remnants, Restante, Reste' are easy to read and yet deep. When the end comes (too soon) we don't want to part company with the poet.” -— Finuala Dowling
More about the collection:
Her poems are as subtle and intimately telling as the differences between the three languages in which she writes and battles to live and dream. These verses touch and tug at one another like the Afrikaans of her childhood, the German of her husband and the South African English of her homeland. They agree to differ in all sorts of nuanced ways.
"Kleur kom nooit alleen nie [Colour never comes alone]," wrote Antjie Krog. Annette Snyckers powerfully reminds us that neither do languages, landscapes, countries, continents and their people.
About the author:
Annette Snyckers is a visual artist and poet living in Cape Town. She studied literature (English, French and German) at the University of Pretoria and later Fine Art at the University of South Africa. She was a high school teacher and translator before dedicating herself to the visual arts.
Her poems have been published in literary magazines, online magazines and in several anthologies. She writes in English, Afrikaans and German.