Kettledrum Belly by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] Bangs his fists on his belly when he's ready to eat.Pockets full of sex, bread, seashells, a button.He wants to braai under the winter sky: R30 meat,he got at the spaza shop near Amanzimtoti.The air thick with smoke...

More Than You Can Chew by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] Sorry, I guess? I cut you,but not to worry, I'm sure you'll heal.It's the way you eat people,wholesale inhale your little meal;every speck and smidgen consumed.And then you sauntered in,saw me as something tasty,and choked on my thorny...

Darvo by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] You started the wars.You whipped the horses.You tore up the land and salted the fields.You called us whores,and evil forces,turning soldiers against us with swords and shields.You chose this way.You built the street.You dug our graves and sewed...

Long-Distance Phone Call by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem"] Hi, just calling. Just leaving a voicenote.Just sending an email. Just reaching out to......say I'm sorry, and you won't see me again.Ritual and smoke are all fair and well, but not for me,this isn't my altar anymore, this...

To those who shamed me…by Charl Landsberg

[tabby title="Poem] Every time you shame my body,I want to gain a pound.I want my stomach and breasts,to get so big and round,that they burst forth from this place,and hunt you down -finding you huddled in your hateful hole,and smother...