WHITE ON WHITE

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Committee on the Breytenbach Case
San Francisco, California, United States
1977
2 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The pamphlet includes the poem WHITE ON WHITE by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. On November 24, 1975, the South African Afrikaner poet, painter, and anti-apartheid activist Breyten Breytenbach was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment under South Africa's "terrorism" laws. The circumstances of Breytenbach's trial are disturbing and strongly suggest that a false confession was extracted from him under torture. Breytenbach is considered the leading poet of the Afrikaans language today and is a spokesman for the young generation of anti-racist Afrikaners. The only charges against him involve activity for solidarity with the Black people's resistance movement. A group has been formed in San Francisco to gather and disseminate the facts in the Breytenbach case and a preliminary report has been issued. [The poem is printed on 11 x 17 inch paper and folded, with an introduction on the front. A pen on paper drawing by Breyten Breytenbach in 1972, titled "Ceux qui nagent l'hiver," appears above the poem. The original French title of the drawing can be translated as "Those who swim in winter."]
Collection: Helen Hopps papers