Robin Winckel-Mellish reconciles the muted tones of her Europe with the riotous colour of Africa. The immediacy, vividness and dustiness of the harsh African sun is carefully offset by the softer quality of the Netherlands. All poems are mediated and considered in the light of a spiritual home.
A Lioness at my Heels
The hemispheric pull between Europe and Africa and the restlessness that results from inhabiting both worlds is reflected in A Lioness at my Heels.
There is something slightly unsettling about many of the poems in Winckel-Mellish’s first collection too. She often lulls you into expecting something lyrical, possibly a little sad but takes you suddenly on a different tack and into a harsh reality. The colours and vastness of South Africa are conveyed repeatedly in beautiful imagery.
The beauty of these poems lie as much in what is not said, as what is. Ultimately, every reader will find their own favourite poem in this diverse collection, which – much like the brilliant cover design – holds universal appeal while still being boldly South African.