Pride, Respect, Despair, Joy and Profound Sadness - Emotions Stirred by "In Quiet Realm"
The latest offering to emerge from the SA Catholic Online/Write-On Publishing stable is Fr Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu's brilliant poetry anthology "In Quiet Realm".
This little book by the Soweto-born Catholic Cleric, lecturer, writer, poet, speaker and arts enthusiast, has the ability to reach out and touch almost every human emotion.
With its equally brilliant preface by Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza - Diplomat, Poet, Academic, Cultural Activist, and foreword by five times Grammy Award-Winning American Opera Star Jessye Norman, it reflects the author’s deep and abiding faith, and, “In the End”, it forces us to confront our own mortality. An emotional and satisfying read.
It evinces pride, respect, despair, joy and profound sadness. It remembers and salutes past and contemporary South Africans, it lauds them as Africans: “These are Africans”, it says. It is a recognition that “Life Happens”, especially in our townships, and is a tribute to life’s virtues.
As a writer, Lawrence Ndlovu has contributed to several publications through his columns in Spotlight Africa and The Daily Maverick. He has also written for The Thinker, The Huffington Post, News 24, The Southern Cross and The South African. L
Lawrence read philosophy and theology at St John Vianney Seminary Pretoria, Heythrop College, University of London and the Bellarmine Institute in London. He is a lecturer in the theology department at St Augustine College of South Africa.
He is Chairperson of the Choral Music Archive NPC and is a trustee of the St Augustine Education Foundation Trust and an Advisory Council Member of the Southern Cross Weekly. He was listed by the Mail and Guardian in the Top 200 Young South Africans list for 2016. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Youth Trailblazer Award from the Gauteng Provincial Government for his outstanding contribution to youth development.
In this elegant, compact and complex poetry book, Father Lawrence tenderly yet determinedly escorts us through a fantastic maze of his journeys - spiritual, political and social - Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza.
This is a homage to the spirit and soul of our birth, the glories, the dilemma and the blessings of the sun and soil of the mother country… Father Lawrence would have us remember to hold close in our minds and hearts all that we are, all that has made us, and all that we are empowered to be. Jessye Norman - 5 times Grammy Award-Winning Opera Star.