Louisa has written numerous poetry books which incorporate her works of art. These include Webs of Enchantment, Daar is Kewers in my Ruggraat; Ek Skryf met Bloed en Bene, and then her latest release is Karoo Pilgrimage. Soon to be released is Fence of Fears and she is busy with her next book, Die Kantloper. She has also written a children's storybook on the Rare Riverine Rabbit, in both English and Afrikaans. In all the books she has done the illustrations, art and photos herself.
All of Louisa's books are currently available from her, and you may contact her directly to make a purchase.
We will advise you soon as to which books will be available from Amazon, as an e-book, and in which bookstores you will be able to find them.
Dawn of compassion – Senryu 5-7-5
dawn of compassion riding
across morning skies –
awakens the light
“I lose my balance and stumble over small stones, neatly arranged by history on my so-called wanderer’s path – where I fall ambiguously in love with the microscopic moments of beauty and balance in the textures and colours that enfold and caress my incarnate being.” Karoo pilgrimage
This exhibition of photos of textures in the Karoo landscape, is an exploration, of a forever changing awareness of emphatic interconnectedness.
Have we forgotten that the Karoo
Is not a place or space
But a pattern of the soul
That bows to the suns and the stars
And the thousand things out there?
I wrote the following in Karoo Pilgrimage:
I stand at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains in a timeless landscape of space, silence; the sun, and stars. The mountain breeze carries a sense of peace and solitude, which caresses my inner being. I feel my anguish and the clawing hand in my solar plexus lifting. I wake up in a deep breath that drops to my feet. The sapphire blue dome of the sky and the distinctive landscapes merge into the shimmering horizon and somehow, I sense a similarity between things ordinarily thought to be different. What appears to be separated, are stacked together in transparencies of colour and textures, conducted by an underlying rich, rumbling baritone sound, falling between higher and lower registers – in a denizen of between spaces that swallows everything whole – an expanding and contracting universe – the continuous play of change, the mountain showing a way.
I wander alone through the landscape of the Karoo,
Following the whimsical trails of wafting, fusing light,
Playing with the folds and thrusts of the rolling mountains.
I touch the iron grey soil, blackened under the relentless sun
And hear the crackling of the brittle Karoo bushes as I brush against them,
Interspersed with a myriad of wildflowers.
I hear the rustlings of the tender, slender-tailed meerkat hiding,
Inside intriguing awe-inspiring rock formations,
Engraved with textures of layered sandstone and shale.
I see the clean-shaped hills capped in hard rock
In the distance, dotted here and there in hues
And shades of ochre-tinted blues.
I feel a sense of relatedness growing through my limbs,
A bubbling, vibrant diaphanous presence, fusing images, and words
Into a sphere, where all sides are visible.
It is an inexpressible space, an awareness of formlessness in form,
Where I am unborn, when form and formlessness fuse to one,
As I rise as the earth, the mountain, and the sun.
Karoo Pilgrimage. Publishing and Book Production by Christel Foord. 2020.
On The Fence Of Fears
On the Fence of fears
Louisa Punt-Fouche has compiled a collection of poems that celebrate the many voices of humanity, from polemics and rallying cries, to lyrics, philosophy, and contemplations about the progressive entrapment of the human soul in the twenty-first century.
Her poems are provocative explorations of the neglect and deconstruction of the feminine principle, the struggle of creative fires to survive, the steely shadows of post-modernism that alienates individual freedom and the ability to wake up and show up in the vast open spaciousness of the present – in which a fence around silence is wisdom.
The poems in On the Fence of Fears are an elucidation of ideas, protest, vision, change and truth.
On the Fence of Fears is a poetic railing against the progressive entrapment of the human soul. The poems and art explore questions pertaining
to Our Mother’s (part 1) plight to protect the anima (the feminine archetype) from the terrors of neglect and deconstruction,
to the collective Struggle of the artist (part 2) to free themselves from the thought-prisons and fear-fences that have been constructed by the collective mind, fencing freedom of thought,
to remembering the great rhythm that pervades everything, and into which man is interwoven with mind and body in Lattice Letters (part 3) – a call to mankind to wake up, to embrace the multiplicity of the immediate moment,
to a sensitive exploration of a new address from which to relate in this floundering world of uncertainty, ambivalence, and doubt (fences) in, A fence around wisdom is silence (part 4).
Quotes from the book:
But ... where the earth rests on air, the ethereal blur,
in the lightning of today’s post-modern slur —
across, beyond, through and transcend —
our reflections in the moon water bend backwards
into history, to the origin of me and you
teasing the deepest recesses of humanity’s prussian blue.
Fence of Fears. Publishing and Book Production by Christel Foord. 2020.
International Poetry Publications:
Velocity, an anthology. Editor Kevin Ward (2019)
International poetry digest. Editor Marie-Clair Aquette (2019)
The 2019 Poetry Yearbook. Editor Claire Langston (2019)
Women in Poetry, an anthology. Editor Christine Waterford (2019)
The Nightingale Poetry Journal. Editor, Christine Waterford. (2019)
Cambridge-Hall Poetry Journal, Editor Margo Meadows (2020)