Product Photography: niQi Ramadaan Kareem 2014

Product photography for the launch of the online store.


Writing News: Writivism Short List and poems for Pen Powered Mic 1

The writing life is rough. Gritty as sandpaper against the skin of all four of your cheeks. Some people talk of bleeding onto pages, they’re not that far off from the truth. It really is messy work. […]


Google Found Poetry: What Do You Call Someone Who

Another Google Found Poem


Writivism 2014 Flash Fiction: No Juju That Strong

She sways and spins, her position held by hips as broad as a baobab. The feather-duster in her hand sheds ostrich plumes. They rain down hope on the woman kneeling before her. Mama Eve raises feet clad in green plastic mock-crocs. She stamps on a heap of cowrie shells, filling the room with brittle crackling.


Camera Collectanea: LEGO, Lippie, Snow Ice & Pasta Sauce

My fortnight in pictures; a LEGO party, Happy.Me Snow Ice and the launch of Peppadew's new pasta sauce range.


Found Poetry: A Google Search Poem

This is a poem made up entirely of Google autocomplete suggestions to search queries.

I took the idea from Google Poetics, a blog that collates examples of poetry created through the medium of the Google search bar.



The last of NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 28-30

Poems inspired by Buzzfeed/Upworthy headlines


3 Places Old poets Go To Die
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

The space between two mouths
shuddering close, edging the last
of the unspoken road.

At the bottom of a well
broken against the bricks
but buoyant.

In the middle of crossing
the highway at […]


NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 27

On prompt ekphrastic

Paper clips
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee
adapted from poem #31 from the MA thesis collection

Three paper clips bent
into abstractions in prayer.
A godly act to mould pliancy
into poses of submission.
In this shaping of wires
I found the acceptance
of […]


NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 26

After the Miscarriage
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

It is all for the mother,
the glossed eyes, the quiver at the edge
of sympathy and bakery biscuits
to feed mourners at tea time.
The door to the nursery is closed.
The talk is of […]


NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 25

 On prompt: Anaphora

Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

I am not the silk in a swish.
I am not frothy whispering.
I am not the coolness of an eye.
I am not a pearl underneath a cape.

I do not take sugar.
I do not mend […]


NaPoWrimo 2014 Catch-up: Day 13-24

12 Poems


The Good Girls
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

good girls clean chickens
love their grannies
marry well
cry in cupboards
dust under beds
don’t visit empty-handed
good girls make children
tweeze carefully
go on beach holidays
google recipes for red velvet
scream into pillows
make sunday lunch


Flying Economy
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

oh-I’m-sorry […]


NaPoWrimo 2014 Catch-up: Day 8-12

I’ve been away for a few days, out in the tempered bush of a game reserve in the Eastern Cape, taking pictures of animals at cautious distance and ignoring my emails. I also attended the […]


My gifs to you: Looping Giraffe and PE Piers At Night

Ah, the gratifying amusement and magic of .gif animation.


NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 6 and 7

There are two poems today because the one from yesterday only really came together this morning.

Picture Prompt
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

It packed its socks into its shoes
nudged earth between its spreading toes,
the grass, it entered through its […]


Jo’burg Photowalk: CBD and surrounds

Jo’burg city is like an aging movie star who dropped out of the public eye decades ago and has now emerged from her reclusion, reinvented. Her waist may have thickened and the skin around the […]


NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 5

Las Vegas Card Girls
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

Breasts ablaze with constellations,
the munificent mammaries of
Babylonian fertility goddesses
sell for 99 dollars here in Vegas.
Their tracts lie scattered on the neon-whipped strip,
discarded icons in immaculate nakedness.
The universes their navels hold
gaze […]


NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 4

On prompt.


Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

foolscap pink sky
speechless speckled spoors from clouds
flocks of pens


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NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 3

On prompt.

A Charm For After Procrastinator’s Remorse
Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

59 solitaire deals
sevens of scrabble tiles
a notebook spirits open
bold with the line
here are the words
for time and time and time.

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Camera Collectanea 06.02.14 – 03.04.14

In this collation, the overarching theme is, unsurprisingly, things one would input via the mouth.


NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 2

Dear Beloved I am writing you this poem in good faith...