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Thursday, December 15, 2022



(Above: Kemer Moodly. Pic by Val Adamson)

Durban’s Kemera Moodly has just launched her fifth anthology of poetry – Tomorrow’s Light: an anthology of verse for challenging times - poems written during the Covid pandemic.

“The reduced social interaction with family and friends gave an opportunity to create more and mull over the meaning of life and the struggles that are inherent to being human. Now with the world returning to a semblance of normal, Kemera is encouraging others that wherever you are in this world, may you always find a way to tomorrow’s light,” said her friend Jodie Kroone at the launch.

31 year-old Kemera Moodly has the work versus passions balance figured out. Head of Human Resources in a local Durban logistics company and honours graduate in Industrial Psychology, Moodly has published four books of poetry and short stories since 2013 with a fifth book release in December.

From age of nine, Moodly has had a love for writing, she would express her thoughts of yearning, searching, stumbling and soaring in her life, documenting the emotional roller coaster through creative writing. Moodly says her job as a writer is to rationalise human existence by putting it into words, realising that the exercise is subjective.

“No matter what you do in life, you must not forget to do the things which give your mind and your soul balance, the things which keep your identity and individuality alive, the things which make you feel fulfilled,” said Moodly recently speaking at a local high school, inspiring the youth to grow their passions and find time to create.

“I believe a writer has an unspoken duty to give the reader something to think about, something to be inspired by, something to related to, and something to turn to in times of darkness. This anthology was borne out of a desire to simultaneously comfort and inspire others as well as to help myself,” she added.

Moodly absorbed the costs of printing and publishing her anthology herself and is donating 100% of all sales she makes from selling her books and merchandise to the Denis Hurley Centre (DHC).

In particular, she has put up her hand for her, her family, friends and associates to sponsor one month’s supply of medicine and medical supplies needed by the DHC clinic – which she has done. On average they spend R30,000 per month on medicines and clinic supplies. The DHC provides essential primary healthcare to homeless people, the urban unemployed and refugees in central Durban who have no-one else to turn to. A professional team of nurses and health workers see over 1,000 patients every month at the clinic in the building and also on the streets of Durban via a bespoke mobile clinic.

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Books and merchandise available for sale.