A debut collection of poems from popular performance poet, Khadija Heeger. The collection is the first in a trilogy of poems that Heeger has worked on over many years. This collection is a combination of story-telling, resistance, re-naming, remembering. The language of the book is personal to the poet and reflects the wider community and society she is part of. She mixes languages, English and Afrikaans, and the language of the Cape called Kaaps.
Beyond the Delivery Room
Popular performance poet, Khadija Heeger’s debut collection of poems.
“In her poetry Heeger reconstructs, re-imagines vital histories. From the raw and personal to the local relevant and globally political she unflinchingly names what has been intentionally erased, overshadowed or forgotten. Through the urgent river of her poetry, its unrelenting call to action, remembrance and the return to integrity.”
– Malika Ndlovu
“Heeger’s is a poetry of sincerity and acumen, searching for nuanced understanding and meaning among the welter of public clichés and private rationalisations by which most of us live. In a country whose people are ‘vrek van pille roek met ‘n apartheid spoek’, these declarative, propulsive poems urge us to renew a process of reflection, self-examination and action.”
– Kelwyn Sole
“Heeger creates a poetic landscape that is alive with the contemporary yet also connected to a broader history rooted in the ancient tradition of griots.”
– Mail & Guardian