Seasonal Fires: New and Selected Poems

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Ingrid de Kok's first book to be published in the United States is also the first volume to demonstrate the variety and continuity of de Kok’s work over the last 25 years. In South Africa and internationally, readers have recognized and responded to de Kok’s deeply developed sense of compassion. South Africa’s most lucid and composed voice in contemporary poetry, she shares her ability to interweave the intensely personal world with the politically panoramic. Ingrid de Kok is one of the few poets to successfully ...
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Overview

Ingrid de Kok's first book to be published in the United States is also the first volume to demonstrate the variety and continuity of de Kok’s work over the last 25 years. In South Africa and internationally, readers have recognized and responded to de Kok’s deeply developed sense of compassion. South Africa’s most lucid and composed voice in contemporary poetry, she shares her ability to interweave the intensely personal world with the politically panoramic. Ingrid de Kok is one of the few poets to successfully broach the burden of tragedy revealed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and the ceaseless ravaging of the AIDS pandemic. In doing so, "she captures, in the most delicate and individual terms, devastating phenomena" (Antjie Krog).
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  • ISBN-13: 9781583227183
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2006
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

INGRID DE KOK has published three previous collections of poetry, Familiar Ground, Transfer, and Terrestrial Things. She lives in South Africa.
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Table of Contents

To drink its water 15
Sun, aloe, rain 17
Our Sharpeville 19
At this resort 21
My father would not show us 23
Shadows behind, before 25
Two places, two dreams 27
Ruth in the corn 28
The two sherpas 29
Woman, leaning away 30
Dolphin eater 32
Enduring your devil 33
Woman in the glass 34
To a would-be lover 36
Words of love 38
Visitor 40
Arrangement : a poem for myself 41
This thing we learn from others 43
On her way home 45
Road through Lesotho 47
Stones, sky, radio 48
Al wat kind is 49
Small passing 51
Transfer 57
Keeper 59
Ground wave 61
Still life 62
What everyone should know about grief 63
In the Cappuchin Ossuarium, Rome 65
Cape Town morning 67
Cape Town by day 68
Cape Town by night 69
At the commission 70
The resurrection bush 71
Mending 72
My mother's house hold 73
Young boy juggling 75
After forty 77
Safe delivery 78
Wattle-eyes 79
Text of necessity 80
Night space 81
Inner note 82
Brush stroke 84
Aubade 85
Stay here 86
Spring custom 89
Birds at Bellagio 92
Lizards at San Michele 93
Merchants in Venice 94
Parts of speech 96
The archbishop chairs the first session 97
How to mourn in a room full of questions 99
Tongue-tied 100
What kind of man? 101
Revenge of the imagination 105
A commander grieves on his own 107
The transcriber speaks 109
The sound engineer 110
Some there be 112
Body parts 113
Sticks on stone 114
A few questions 116
Frightened of the dark 117
In the cage 119
Sirens sounding 120
William Kamanga 121
My father's books 123
A death foretold 125
In a northern city, suddenly 126
Into the sun 128
The head of the household 130
Women and children first 132
The child at the lights 133
Compassionate leave 134
Reparation 139
Too long a sacrifice 140
Bring the statues back 142
In times of war 144
Pilgrimage 146
Treasury 148
"The fear of God is the beginning of knowledge" 151
Body maps 152
Threnody 155
Wishing in moonlight 156
Child stretching 158
Letter from childhood 160
When children leave 162
Will 163
Notes for that week 164
Death arrives 168
Death notices 170
Time to go 172
The eclipse of the sun 173
Kalahari campsite 175
Letter home 179
Umbrian shutters 181
Walking back late at night 182
Solitaire at Fronzola 183
La Traviata 184
Sunflowers 185
In the chimney 186
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