Bare & Breaking

Bare & Breaking

Karin Schimke

Masterful in its technique and heart-rending in its emotional range, this memorable collection tells the story of sexual passion, its devastating aftermath and the slow road home.

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DATE

2012

GENRE

Poetry
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PAGES

84

ISBN

978-1-920397-97-5

Bare & Breaking

“Bare & Breaking is one of the most gripping debuts I’ve read in recent years.  Masterful in its technique and heart-rending in its emotional range, this memorable collection tells the story of sexual passion, its devastating aftermath and the slow road home.”
Finuala Dowling (award winning poet and novelist)

 

 

Karin Schimke

Karin Schimke is a widely published journalist and columnist, and the Cape Times books editor. She also works as a writing tutor and mentor, an author of non-fiction – including the best-selling Fabulously Forty and Beyond, co-written with Margie Orford – of children’s books and of short stories. She edited Open, an anthology of erotic short stories written by some of South Africa’s best known women writers. Her poetry has appeared in South Africa Writing, New Contrast, New Coin and Carapace magazines. Bare & Breaking is her first collection of poems.

Karin Schimke's author page
Awards and Nominations
Winner: Ingrid Jonker Prize 2014
Shortlisted: SALA Poetry Award 2013
Praise

“Bare and Breaking is… head and shoulders above the other works in terms of craft, pace, depth of content, and having a clearly established and robust aesthetic… Schimke is praised for the elegance and precision of [her] craft in a volume marked by sensuousness and ‘unapologetically erotic and intimate’ content.”
– Ingrid Jonker 2013 judges

“Bare & Breaking is one of the most gripping debuts I’ve read in recent years. Masterful in its technique and heart-rending in its emotional range, this memorable collection tells the story of sexual passion, its devastating aftermath and the slow road home.”
– Finuala Dowling (award winning poet and novelist)

I celebrate Karin Schimke’s bold exposure of wanting, her naked desire. These poems know the exquisite agony of uninhibited loving, and the addictive pain of losing that love. Her ‘warts-n-all’ poems reveal a courageous vulnerability. Schimke’s poetry whispers, hollers, moans, bends and extends unexpectedly and beyond expectation.
– Malika Ndlovu (author of Invisible Earthquake and well known performer)

“Schimke’s breath comes straight from the diaphragm, but she catches it, just in time, in a finely formed voice that surprises me, every time. I like it when she does this. It reminds me that to break through, you have to go in bare.”
– Leon De Kock (Professor, HOD English at Stellenbosch, poet and novelist, author of Bad Sex)

“Never unruly, always controlled, Karen Schimke’s debut collection from Modjaji Books is an exploration of longing and lust, heartbreak and recovery, the wild heart fully alive. In Bare & Breaking Schimke gives full voice to the territory of a rich and keenly observed life, with a narrator who is engaged in every anguished moment, living it wholly and documenting the passion and blissful respite.”
– Liesl Jobson, Garry Bowes Taylor Reviews

“Reading this poetry sung for the repose of the soul of love feels as if I were hearing Mozart’s Requiem Mass—powerful, controlled, anguished, yet at the same time celebrating what once was.”
– Moira Richards