INTERVIEW: RENNIE ALEXANDER

Is a storyteller of note. An amazing writer and frank talker who always seems to pack wisdom into even the simplest of utterances. “The State Of The Nation Address” will be his new offering on the Word N Sound stage.one day my poetry will become an art that everyone can have to keep.

WORD N SOUND: You are calling your showcase ‘The State Of The Nation Address’. Why this title and what can we expect from it?
RENNIE ALEXANDER: The state of the nation address is a performance by a character I have been working on, his name is Claude Carling and he is Poet Laureate in South Africa. The whole address tackles a wide spectrum of rational analysis in society and also in poetry (id like to encourage all artists in poetry to be present). Expect the unexpected, and hope to understand the knowledge


What is the current state of local poetry?

The current state of this art is filled with promises and wild cards. The eventuality that this art will one day become prominent in the art scene is only held back by misconception and tolerance to all types of presentation.

Who is the hardest working poet today?
The DOZ ladies are my choice right now, im seeing a different approach to female styles of writing.

Who, from your contemporaries, inspires you the most and why?
Tom Waits has been a revelation in the past few days, his voice needs a lot of tolerance but once you are over that the writing is emaculate, Khalil Gibran will always be amongst my favourite, he has the ability to draw you in and show you murals of yourself.


Besides poetry, what else do you do?
I am a self employed mutli-media creative director behind alexandra design house, visit my website www.alexandradesignhouse.co.za for more on that.


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