Ingrid Jonker

Ingrid Jonker

in Douglas, South Africa
September 19, 1933

July 19, 1965


Die Sestigers

Jonker (pronounced yän`ker) grew up with her mother, grandmother and older sister, Anna. Her father, Abraham, never wanted to believe that she was his daughter and that Beatrice (Ingrid’s mother) had had an affair. Unfortunately, Beatrice was fairly unstable emotionally and although she was taken up in a mental institution, she died of cancer when Jonker was 11 years old. At the time, the women had moved from the family farm to Strand and from there to Gordonsbaai, where the girls were attending school. Their father came to fetch them and they had to leave their beloved grandmother behind for a stepmother.

After matriculating at an English high school, Jonker got married to Pieter Venter in 1956. Their daughter, Simone, was born the followi

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Ik herhaal je

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Versamelde werke

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Black Butterflies

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Rook en Oker

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Selected Poems

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Versamelde Gedigte

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Ingrid Jonker: Versamelde G...

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“I searched for my own heart
and long after I had lost my way
in the days trailing past with their foliage
in the aloof sky blue with distance
I thought I'd find my heart
where I'd kept your eyes two brown butterflies
and I saw the swallows swoop
and shadows starlings”
Ingrid Jonker

“Your face is the face of all the others
before you and after you”
Ingrid Jonker, Selected Poems

“Bitterbessie dagbreek
bitterbessie son
'n spieël het gebreek
tussen my en hom

Soek ek na die grootpad
om daarlangs te draf
oral draai die paadjies
van sy woorde af

Dennebos herinnering
dennebos vergeet
het ek ook verdwaal
trap ek in my leed

papegaai-bont eggo
kierang kierang my
totdat ek bedroë
weer die koggel kry

Eggo is geen antwoord
antwoord hy alom
bitterbessie dagbreek
bitterbessie son”
Ingrid Jonker, Rook en Oker
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