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Illustrator: Rupi Kaur
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From Rupi Kaur, the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.

Praise for Sunday Times bestseller milk and honey:
`Kaur is at the forefront of a poetry renaissance' Observer
`Kaur made her name with poems about love, life and grief. They resonate hugely' Sunday Times
`Poems tackling feminism, love, trauma and healing in short lines as smooth as pop music' New York Times
`Caught the imagination of a large, atypical poetry audience...Kaur knows the good her poetry does: it saves lives' Evening Standard
`Breathing new life into poetry...It has people reading, and listening' The Pool
Publication date: 2017-10-03
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Lady Anne (1989) is one of Krog's most acclaimed poetry collections. In an attempt to make sense of her own existence, Krog compares her own life in the midst of a world of racial injustice to that of the life and times of Lady Anne Barnard, of Scottish descent, during her stay in the Cape Colony in the late eighteenth century. Gradually the two voices intertwine and merge, highlighting the complexity of marriage but ultimately also that of a colonial legacy - still relevant 28 years later.
Publication date: 2017-03-01
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In 'The Shadow of the Hummingbird', Fugard explores the loss of innocence and a sense of wonder at the fleeting beauty of the world. The play starts with Oupa delving through his old notebooks in search of a particular entry as he waits on his grandson Boba to arrive for an afternoon visit. He tries to teach Boba about the importance of retaining this innocence by using Plato's analogy in The Republic of people watching shadows on the wall of a cave. The play has strong autobiographical roots: Like Fugard, Oupa is a South African living in California. The notebook entries used in the introductory scene of the play were selected from Fugard's personal notebooks by co-director Paula Fourie. First performed at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, USA, the play was staged in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein in 2014. Fugard returned to the stage for the the first time in 15 years to play the role of Oupa.
Publication date: 2015-03-01
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in a burning sea: Contemporary Afrikaans Poetry in Translation aims to address a long-standing need to introduce Afrikaans poetry to a local as well as international audience. While a number of translated works have, in recent years, been made available to the wider South African readership, only a handful of high-profile individuals continue to enjoy international recognition. This anthology is a collection of poems from contemporary poets who are actively writing and publishing and whose work is a good reflection of the current trends evident in Afrikaans literature. The editor hopes it will go some way towards remedying the present lack of exposure and encourage future publications offering translations of writing also representative of the broader traditions of historical and twentieth-century Afrikaans poetry.
In compiling the anthology, the editor approached poets who had published at least a second volume of poetry in the years from 2005 to 2011. Some poems were unpublished at the time of the selections but have found a subsequent home in more recent volumes of poems. Individuals were asked to submit up to ten poems; some offered their own translations, but for the remainder she made use of a panel of excellent English translators. In each case the poet worked in close collaboration with the translator of his or her choice.
Publication date: 2014-10-01
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Antjie Krog's readers will welcome her bold and stirring new collection of poetry, her first in 8 years. Themes such as language, memory and conscience are addressed with honesty and a remarkable intensity.
The poems reflect her deep attachment to her homeland and her continuing involvement with this country's complex history and people. At the same time she is redefining her identity as an Afrikaans poet, experimenting in some poems with the distortion of language. Krog wrote in a recent article about her use of language: 'I also wanted to cultivate a vocabulary of caring, to bring about a radical discursive encounter not intended to reduce, but to open, through a struggle with language, a vision on an ethical landscape.'
The collection includes moving poems about family - those ties that bind us, also to the generations before and after. There are also painful, disturbing poems which voice the poet's anger at the inequalities and injustices of our society There are poems which allow us to listen differently to some of the voices we hear around us every day. And there are poems about growing old and about parting and dying. Of these the eulogy on Nelson Mandela is a highlight.
Publication date: 2014-08-01
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Antjie Krog selects from her most recent poems and also from the poems that best represent her work from across a long career.Part One of Skinned contains poems about writing, family and love. The poems in the second part are from the epic poem based on the life of Lady Anne Barnard, and were written during the height of apartheid, while Part Three offers extracts from several speakers who lived in them and before the likes of Lady Anne arrived. Krog includes here re-workings of Bushmen narratives, as well as translations of oral Sepedi, Xhosa and Zulu praise poems. Part Four represents the political turmoil of South Africa and the divisions within Africa, while Part Five includes recent poems that have to do with the betrayals of the body as we age. Including new poems alongside previously published ones from across the decades, Skinned explores the necessity of 'a change of tongue' in order to be.
Publication date: 2013-05-01
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Set on the Swartkops madflats, just outside Port Elizabeth, the play deals with two squatters. They are on a journey with all their worldly possessions after their shack was bulldozed.
Publication date: 2013-01-01
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Dubbed the South African Sylvia Plath due to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life, Ingrid Jonker is one of the most iconic figures in Afrikaans literature. Posthumously awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by the South African government for 'her excellent contribution to literature and a commitment to the struggle for human rights and democracy in South Africa', the advanced ideas inherent in Ingrid Jonker's poems have made her a recognised literary figure internationally, with her poems being studied, translated and published in many languages.
Publication date: 2012-12-01
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The New Century of South African Poetry presents the challenges of a new millennium. From a 'post-apartheid' perspective, South Africa rejoins the world as it seeks a home. Simultaneously, it searches the past for a shared tough diverse inheritance. This is not an updated version of the earlier A Century of South African Poetry, but a major new anthology - of the 450 poems only 16 are common to both books.

The selection ranges from traditional San songs to current voices. Translation ensures representation in English of the different languages of the country. Established figures such as Roy Campbell, N P van Wyk Louw, Mazisi Kunene, Douglas Livingstone, Mongane Wally Serote, and Antjie Krog share the pages with maskanda, kiba, praises and rap.
Publication date: 2012-12-01
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"In Rustum Kozain's new collection, Groundwork, this leading South African poet raises his own bar way above ordinary expectations.
Kozain has intentionally retained connections with his early work while simultaneously introducing a group of poems that indicate the promise of work still to come. His voice has strengthened and has a new confidence making the poems (paradoxically) lighter without losing their characteristic trademark seriousness. This is a thoughtful, pitch-perfect collection that resonates with the reader long after the last poem is read.
His 2005 debut collection This Carting Life was widely acclaimed for its gravitas and vigour. With poems such as 'Kingdom of rain' and 'Talking jazz' Kozain firmly established himself as a brilliant new poet in the South African constellation. Several of his poems have been anthologized and, most importantly, read and discussed. Kozain won both the Ingrid Jonker Prize (2006) and the Olive Schreiner Prize (2007) for This Carting Life.

'He is a poet to watch, to read and enjoy.' Gus Ferguson"
Publication date: 2012-08-01
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A collection of poems by renowned South African poet Lindiwe Mabuza. Footprints and Fingerprints includes a wide selection of Mabuza's poems from a period of over thirty years.
Publication date: 2008-10-01
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The earlier edition of translations from Ingrid's work, Selected Poems by Jack Cope and William Plomer, is now out of print, so a new translation will be welcomed by readers. But that this new translation is by two of South Africa's most illustrious authors, André Brink and Antjie Krog, is indeed a special event. What is more, they did the translations with the help of one of the finest English poets in South Africa, Ingrid de Kok.
Publication date: 2007-09-01
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Kahlil Gibran (1183 - 1931), poet, philosopher and artist, was born in Mount Lebanon, a land that has produced many prophets and philosophers.
Publication date: 2005-12-01

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