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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


27 year old Christie van Zyl or 'FossilSoul' as she is affectionately known on poetic stages; is a South African spoken word poet, writer and feminist. Christie has performed her works on several platforms in South Africa; at the Look3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, USA; at the Kunstplaas [10] gallery in Oslo Norway as well as the Ba re e ne re Literature Festival in Maseru, Lesotho. Van Zyl has advocated for Women and LGBTI rights alongside Zanele Muholi for her 'Faces and Phases' photographic project; as well as done reporting work on Inkanyiso Media - an online platform celebrating and archiving the lives of the LGBTIQ community.

Christie van Zyl



If I had to write letters to you
For every time that you have made me feel pain
My hard drives would implode
From emotional viruses
demolishing vital parts of me
Fragments of me that I could never find again
Because they are pieces of me
I only got to know through loving you
So I keep them in tact
By doling out my pain and churning it into
Particles of adoration
Which through heart bearing hugs and deep kisses
I impart unto you once again
I will always extend myself beyond myself
to ensure that those letters remain unwritten
For you I shall always love.