Terrestial Things: Poems

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Ingrid de Kok is arguably the most lucid and composed voice in contemporary South African English poetry. In this, her third volume, she brings her art to the great dramas of our time: the burden revealed in the tragic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and the ceaseless ravaging of the AIDS pandemic. Two other parts of the work provide wider perspectives: one is focused on the formative family bonds and the landscapes of childhood; the other brings her love of Italy to life. A work of great courage, ...

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Overview

Ingrid de Kok is arguably the most lucid and composed voice in contemporary South African English poetry. In this, her third volume, she brings her art to the great dramas of our time: the burden revealed in the tragic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and the ceaseless ravaging of the AIDS pandemic. Two other parts of the work provide wider perspectives: one is focused on the formative family bonds and the landscapes of childhood; the other brings her love of Italy to life. A work of great courage, the book grants us the possibility of sustaining the emotional freight of our place and time without breakdown. Anchored in personal life, its dark central vision is carefully framed and steadied by the resources of poetry in the hands of a fine and mature talent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780795701467
  • Publisher: NB Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Pages: 63
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid de Kok is author of several published collections of poetry, co-compiler and editor of another two books, Spring Is Rebellious and City in Words: Poems on Cape Town. As an academic she has contributed chapters and articles to various journals, while her poetry has been included in 14 South African anthologies and 11 international anthologies; her work has also appeared in Italian, Japanese, French, and Dutch translation and has regularly been featured in a variety of literary journals, both in South Africa and abroad.

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Table of Contents

Spring custom 11
Birds at Bellagio 13
Microclimate 14
Italian cats 15
Lizards at San Michele 16
Merchants in Venice 17
Parts of speech 21
The Archbishop chairs the first session 22
How to mourn in a room full of questions 23
Tongue-tied 24
What kind of man? 25
Revenge of the imagination 28
A commander grieves on his own 30
The transcriber speaks 32
The sound engineer 33
Today, again 35
Some there be 36
Body parts 37
Sticks on stone 41
Childhood on Stilfontein Mine 42
A few questions 43
Frightened of the dark 44
The youngest child in the busy house 45
In the cage 46
Under the ground 47
For Rena, who didn't stay for long 48
Sirens sounding 49
William Kamanga 50
My father's books 52
Her doctor says 53
A death foretold 54
In a northern city, suddenly 55
Into the sun 56
The head of the household 59
Truck stop 60
Women and children first 61
The child at the lights 62
Compassionate leave 63
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