Valedictory poetry reading by Ingrid de Kok
Professor Ingrid Fiske, a Fellow of UCT and also known as the poet Ingrid de Kok, will take early retirement at the end of March, after 24 years at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, now in CHED. She has published 6 volumes of lyrical poetry, been translated into 9 languages, and her poems have been published widely nationally and internationally. The recipient of prestigious fellowships, she has participated in leading international literary festivals and her work is studied at universities round the world.
Stephen Clingman has said of her work “Hers is a poetry that feels called into question, called to answer….her poems are moving, because of the depths to which they are prepared to reach; and they are able to do this because of the physics- in every sense of the word- of her artistry,” and former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky has called her “An impressive poet…De Kok offers, among other things, a vision of her country through the lens of poetry.”
At her farewell poetry reading hosted by The Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA), Ingrid Fiske/de Kok read work written between 1989 and 2014 and shared her reflections on what it means to have engaged with poetic language during these eventful years in South Africa.