The Reckless Sleeper is a consuming, agile, acutely crafted collection of poems from one of the most promising younger South African poets. Haidee Kruger’s poetry is at deepest an exploration of the relationship between language and the body. This, her second collection, is sharp, intelligent, sensual poetry of love, loss, sexuality and creativity. Its language is at turns enigmatic, beguiling and shocking in its minute strangeness, displacing the reader into a surprising awareness of the violence of the everyday, the ordinariness of the extraordinary.
The Reckless Sleeper
This, her second collection, is sharp, intelligent, sensual poetry of love, loss, sexuality and creativity.
“Here is Kruger’s second collection of the frantic and the fragile. Her poems recklessly carry their insides on the outside. They run fiercely across the traffic of language and love. Read them.”
“In this, her second individual collection, Haidee Kruger extends the accomplishment of her earlier work. With inventive use of line and page and an unusual, but telling, juxtaposition of images, she achieves a poetry that is simultaneously visceral and intellectual. Her poems are at once both toughly gnarled and delicately gentle. They immerse the reader in a world where the body is interpenetrated by the natural, sexual and workaday, and the previously familiar emerges strange and new.”