My Barbados Hat

My Barbados Hat

Clive Lawrance was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1935. After a mediocre high school education in Pretoria, he spent a learning year at the Naval Gymnasium at Saldanha Bay and a lucrative year on the diamond mines in Namibia; followed by a meditative year on a chicken farm near New Hanover, and a dreary year clerking for an insurance company.

At 21 he went to London to play professional football; but he met a writer on the ship who re-aligned his compass towards poetry, journalism, and a BA degree. After a successful career in journalism in South Africa and the United States of America, he retired to the Karoo to write poetry, make metal sculptures and build an indigenous garden. He now lives on the edge of a mini-forest in Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg.

Most of the poems in Part Two of this volume happened between 1994 and 2004 in various towns, villages and farms in the Great Karoo. Some names have been omitted or changed.

“A delightful anthology from the pen of Pietermaritzburg based poet Clive Lawrance. Be surprised.”