Karen Press

Karen Press (born 1956) is a South African poet.

Antjie Krog has described her poetry as "presenting a haunting museum constructed in [...] delicate tone and vivid poetic intelligence."


  • Words are such thin shavings of the fractal fruit,
    tiny scraping of the skin that holds
    these joyously determined swirls of history
    inside their juicy turbulence.
    Talking itself westward after the day's feast,
    each little word with its meaning strapped to its back
    falls down the swell of tomorrow
    like a hiker with hopeful new shoes.
    • Purposefully peeling footsteps (Home, 2000)

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