Multilingually inflected, Klara du Plessis’ first collection of poetry explores the multiplicity of self through language, occupying a liminal space between South Africa and Canada. A sequence of visceral, essay-like long poems, du Plessis’ writing straddles the lyrical and intellectual, traversing landscapes and fine arts canvases. Ekke is a watershed debut from one of Canada’s most exciting young voices.
Klara du Plessis
Klara du Plessis is a poet and critic. Residing in Montreal, but growing up in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Afrikaans is her first language and its coexistence with English while writing embodies a personal form of linguistic honesty. Klara’s chapbook Wax Lyrical—shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award—was released by Anstruther Press in 2015. Poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in print and online. She curates the monthly, Montreal-based Resonance Reading Series and is the editor for carte blanche.