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Laughing Africa

Laughing Africa

by Terese Svoboda

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This urgent, spirited collection ranges in tone and subject matter from the vehemently political to the deeply personal. Svoboda ( All Aberration ) draws on her experiences in Africa and the South Pacific to examine modernity's subversion of humanity's archetypal, fundamental impulses. Insistent rhythms and recurring images of a ``Paradise'' lost to war, exploitation and nuclear destruction make apparent the poet's belief in a global fall from grace to a world of ``knowledge without antidote'' where ``we have science clutched to our breast / like a lily.'' Svoboda's vision is not entirely bleak, however, and she pursues a recovered, Whitmanesque innocence as symbolized by the fertile, primitive landscape ``where we began'': Africa. ``I hear Africa singing, . . . / and what I see is Africa / the beautiful, a wildness that's America's / no longer.'' In deftly crafted poems alternately hard-edged, sensual and tender, Svoboda delicately balances a harsh, yet convincing indictment of Western culture with an equally ardent belief in the possibility of human compassion and responsibility. (May)

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University of Iowa Press
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Iowa Poetry Prize Series
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6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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