by Frank Meintjies
The poet covers a diverse range of topics and speaks from many vantage points. Although the main focus is the South African urban setting – including the boisterous relationships that often occur there – several poems travels abroad and wander to rural flashpoints.
My Rainbow situates individual issues and intensely personal challenges in the context of social change. Such framing makes the personal stories more poignant
In the book, poems about social issues happily co-exist with pieces about childhood and love. My Rainbow also boasts a fair sprinkling of playful poems, ones that merely convey a sense of enjoyment with words and how words can “buckle, twist & and then burn bright”. My Rainbow connects the inner space with the outer spaces.
Although life can be tough and complex, the poet argues, it is possible to let a rainbow shine through. My Rainbow adds to the rich heritage of engaged and dynamic South African poetry.