Schmidt Happens

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Fancy some flash fiction, fresh music or plain speech poetry? How about adult fiction or fiction for youth, including children? Corporate entertainment through story and song?

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I am privileged to grow songs & books of poetry, fiction (for adults & children) towards publication and gigs. As a thoroughbred clown without a circus, I persistently pursue a variety of interests.

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Werner, wearing other jackets & apparel.

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About Schmidt

Werner Schmidt (live since '75) grew up in Pretoria, and moved to Bloemfontein during 2002. He writes his books & music in English and Afrikaans, and performs his songs & stories in these languages.

He has worked as an accountant, lecturer, bicycle repair guy, auditor, radio DJ (fired after three weeks), waiter, welfare volunteer, primary school story-teller, consultant, financial manager, general manager, miniature golf attendant, corporate communicator, street-side fruit vendor, cashier, internal auditor and live performer.

His first novella, Confessions of an alcoholic's son (2011), was featured in the Vrouekeur magazine, and read by 8 000+ readers. Published as autobiography, at first, he republished the book as adult fiction, during 2014, in English and Afrikaans. Publications due out during 2017 are a novella and novel about Nathan Brown, man under pressure ...

Schmidt wrote an interactive children's play, Flat Anna, the froggie that stood up, in 2012, which he included in a children's activity book (ages 4 to 10 years). He published the book in English, Afrikaans (Plat Anna) and Sesotho (Anna Sepatlapatla). The play was accepted for the Free State Arts Festival in 2014, as one of its first tri-lingual productions. Flat Anna's metamorphosis to a children's book will take place during 2017/18. New children's fiction planned for this period, include a story about a boy, waking up with something strange ...

He published death by design, first volume of plain speech poetry in the cage | stage trilogy, in 2016, with volume two, 29 chinchillas, scheduled for publication during March, 2017, and volume three, the last garden bird, due out by mid-year, 2017.
The rest of Schmidt's 2017/18 publication program comprises

  • a novella, introducing Nathan Brown to readers, followed by two novels, in a series about this man under pressure,
  • a music album, in three bursts (he seems to love the number 3), and
  • two, or probably three universal children's stories aka children's stories for everyone.

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South Africans Love Them

Poem #3: South Africans Love Them

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a deep rural single mother

keeps on keeping on.
loses husband, loses livelihood.
keeps on keeping on.

TAXI SAYS: WHEN DAYS ARE DARK FRIENDS ARE FEW

working girl, cornered

by a baby on her back.
an African sun blazes down.
she flashes her shocking pink
studded business card
at backstreet motorists.

TAXI SAYS: YOU’RE SIMPLY THE BEST BABY & LOVERS TOURS

a boy bounces to and fro’

between
bullies behind school bars
and Sleeping Beauty at home.
he learns to fit in
nowhere
and
anywhere.

TAXI SAYS: MOTLAUNG TOURS UNLIMITED PROHIBITED BY OCEANS ONLY. WHY NOT

dark madonna and bright brown-eyed baby.

working sandstone corner, zastron street.
they’re asking for exactly two rand ten.
I open my hand for seven blue sweets.

TAXI SAYS: WHAT GO SURROUND COME SURROUND

moon faced adolescent.

dusty streets.
walks past barefoot boys’ coloured kites
that fly to the blue, into the scorching
sun of her misery …
TAXI SAYS: LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD YES GOD IS GOOD
… the library is too far, her mother says
I’ll keep her in the dark.
later, Ms Moon sells her smile from shack to shack.
wilting after every trick.
yearning ‘til her last young breath
for all the love she will never give.

TAXI SAYS: OUR LAND IS IN PIECES VOTE FOR PEACE

sandwich man walks thirteen kilometers

every day
of his momentary life
to sustain his name and collect some stuff.
if he is lucky in the dead of winter –
scalding comfort of leftover minestrone.

TAXI SAYS: THE HUNTER BECAME THE HUNTED

a clown without a circus lies down every day

at quarter past noon on a single bed with a leafy view.
anxiously aroused from his journey into dreams
where he begged for canvas patches for his wobbly marquee.

TAXI SAYS: DON’T MISS ME BABY AND BEHOLD THY CREATOR … BOOTIFULLY

an average office worker and drooling cyber troll

downloads profile pics of strangers.
erecting monuments as he mourns her
and all she will never give to him.

TAXI SAYS: I LEARNED TO DRIVE ON MY PLAYSTATION

a modern day dark huck finn

disappears into black rivers, daily.
diving in, searching for himself, I think.
finding something smoky and threatening.
transferred to a place with more structure
where, for a moment, he is out of his depth.

TAXI SAYS: DON’T MISS ME, ANGEL TIME … OH SO CUTILICIOUS

two recycling travelers

park their trolleys halfway down a hill.
middle class tarred fields today
produced a healthy yield
of aluminium can and plastic PET.
friends, colleagues, marathon men.
admiring the trashy view
sharing yesterday’s pap.

TAXI SAYS: SERVICED BY QUANTUM MECHANICS

Enjoy Volume I of my cage | stage poetry trilogy – death by design – by

clicking HERE (free download)

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