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II sit at the crossroads of two countries, being born in the U.S., of a father also born in the U.S., and a mother who remained thoroughly estranged from the dominant culture, a South African till her death. As such, I always felt more than a little bit estranged myself from where I was. Being a writer, an observer of whatever surrounds me, in any case, this was perhaps a natural place for me to be. I am a poet and writer, who has taught up until very recently at colleges and universities. I find myself at another sort of crossroads now, without a job, but waiting for my first book of poems to be released, which will be soon. This project is a hybrid as well, a chapbook of poems called Balance that follow a series of yoga poses, with illustrations done by my cousin Nina Canal. The book will be published by White Violet Press, and you can order it by contacting the publisher at this link: Also add $4.00 for shipping, or if you're ordering multiple copies, contact the publisher, Karen Kelsay, and ask how much that will be. I have a blog, Shadow Knows ( a Facebook and Linked In page, and if you Google me, you will find a number of my poems and other published pieces online.

Robbi Nester 10th January 2011