Al die lieflike dade | Poetry & Poetry Anthologies
Poetry by definition is something extraordinary, and this is eminently expressed in Charl-Pierre Naudé’s poems. Poetry is another way of looking – the metaphor allows you to see something through the lens of something else, and so the world becomes something different, something new, something that has to be discovered afresh.
Naudé demonstrates that poetry problematises generally accepted truths, estranging it so that it may be experienced anew. In Naudé’s poetry the strangeness is important. Strange spaces are set foot upon to rediscover the known, by looking in from the outside as it were. In doing so the poet contemplates his place in Africa, the processing of European origins, his position in a small minority language, the practice of writing poetry and the search for insight that strives to go beyond simple dichotomies. This poetic contemplation often leads to a realisation of the value of the transient, the ephemeral, that which cannot be pinned down.