Helene van der Westhuizen

Photograph of 'Beyond Touch' by Arja Salafranca and the text of one of the poems in the book: The Sandwich Eater
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Heléne van der Westhuizen

Beyond Touch – Poems by Arja Salafranca

Beyond Touch by Arja Salafranca was published in 2015, so, I am so late to this party, everybody else has gone home! Nevertheless, I give you my first impression of the first part of her collection. It must be just as good, still, as it was back then.

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Fish with wasabi and trimmings on black plate with black background
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Where Words Take Us – Wasabi

Wasabi secrets and instructions for newbie sushi fans. What to do and what not to do if you want to start a long and happy relationship with sushi and wasabi. Oh, beware, the wasabi.

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Black Ink image of Phiz from "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. London: Chapman & Hall, 1859. First edition. First state.
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Where Words Take Us – Opposite

When Dickens meets Digital in the pandemic, something’s cooking. Perhaps a new storm? The opposites of Dickens’s world seems scarily familiar to us, don’t they?

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Table wiith old books and tealight on cloth. Spectacles lying on open book in front.
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Where Words Take Us – Gewaarwording

Every language has certain words which are just so precisely descriptive that you know exactly what they mean, even if it’s a very abstract concept. One such English word is ‘mind’. We just don’t have an Afrikaans equivalent for it that encompasses the concept in its entirety. But today, I’ll show you one such word in Afrikaans: Gewaarwording

With thanks to Adam Nieścioruk from Unsplash for the feature image. https://unsplash.com/s/photos/adam-niescioruk

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