If I Could Sing: Selected Poems

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South African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile has selected 69 poems from six previously published collections as well as new work. The poems, written over four decades, many while in exile, explore a wide spectrum of emotions and a need to participate in the struggle to liberate the poet's land of birth. In the stunning original rhythms of the poems, the subtle influence of jazz and the Setswana language, the poet's mother tongue, can be heard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780795701269
  • Publisher: NB Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Keroapetse Kgositsile has had six books of poetry published, in addition to numerous poems in literary journals and anthologies, and has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, the latest being the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize for Poetry 2000. Over the last four decades he has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts poetry award, the New York Council of the Arts poetry award, and the Rockefeller Foundation poetry grant. He has been teaching courses in literature, African literature, African American literature and creative writing in various United States and African institutions since his first post at Sarah Lawrence College in New York in 1969. Other works include My Name Is Afrika, When the Clouds Clear, and To the Bitter End.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Origins 9
Song for Melba 10
Indeed in deed 11
Of death and lives 12
Death doses - 3 13
My people when nothing moves 14
Of us for us 15
When brown is black 16
Brother Malcolm's echo 18
Mandela's sermon 19
To Fanon 20
The air I hear 21
Shotgun 22
Mayibuye iAfrika 23
Random notes to my son 24
To mother 25
To my daughter 26
Time 27
Innuendo 28
Like the tide: Cloudward 29
Towards a walk in the sun 30
The gods wrote 32
Re/creation 33
My name is Afrika 35
The elegance of memory 36
Lumumba section 38
Fire dance 39
Spirits unchained 40
For Ipeleng 41
In the mourning 42
Beware of dreams 43
Without shadow 44
Mirrors, without song 45
Wounded word, insane song 46
When things fall apart 48
Exile 49
Perception 50
Logistics 51
Notes from no sanctuary 52
The same strip of land 54
Rites of passage 55
Dance 56
Morning in Tunis 57
Luthuli Detachment 58
When the clouds clear 60
Red song 62
For Olinka 65
Seaparankoe 67
A luta continua 69
New age 71
South Africa salutes Uzbekistan 73
What time is it? 76
Dumalisile 77
I am 79
Montage: Bouctou lives 82
Heart to heart 84
Even skin disappears 86
Requiem for my mother 87
For Cecil Abrahams 89
For Montshiwa and Phetoe 90
Places and bloodstains 91
Recollections 95
Venceremos 96
Affirmation 98
Memorial 99
If I could sing 100
Renaissance 101
Rejoice 102
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