21 July 2011

Would Jonker have lived today?

Ingrid Jonker committed suicide over 46 years ago. Would modern-day psychiatry have saved her life?

My lyk lê uitgespoel in wier en gras
op al die plekke waar ons eenmaal was*

Jonker, the gifted poet who brought us three anthologies, including the poem The Child (clip below), which Nelson Mandela read at his inaugural address in parliament on 24 May 1994, had a long history of mental illness.


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