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    Lady One Of Love and Other Poems

    ISBN-10: 0151007624
    ISBN-13: 9780151007622
    Author(s): Breyten Breytenbach
    Description: Please deliver me, Lady, of prattle and cant As I bury one hundred years of war and want Evoking an extraordinary range of settings and images--from "Africa where blood blackens / and tiny desert creatures have to lick / the dew from their flanks  More...
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    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 96
    Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 9.966
    Language: English

    Please deliver me, Lady, of prattle and cant As I bury one hundred years of war and want Evoking an extraordinary range of settings and images--from "Africa where blood blackens / and tiny desert creatures have to lick / the dew from their flanks to survive" to the havens of exile, and the "snow once again over Paris / this morning sheeting light / under grey blankets"--this searching verse explores love and loss, light and darkness, war and want, and wounds that do not heal. The texture of nostalgic, sometimes bitter memories of childhood in Breytenbach's African homeland is as palpable here as the vigorous exultation of love found amid the ruins of an earlier life. And pervading all the experience rendered is a sense of wonder and awe that "the light lies silvery smooth / in the furrows dug by the farmer / to lead astray the drought / and bring succour to the runner beans, / the maize, tomatoes, melons, peppers, / onions, garlic, potatoes / and love."

    BREYTEN BREYTENBACH left South Africa in 1960, and settled in Paris. After his marriage to a Vietnamese woman, he found he could not return to his country. He became one of the best-known campaigners against the apartheid government in the struggle years. In 1975 he was arrested in Johannesburg, charged with terrorist activities, and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He was released in 1983. Since then he has received wide recognition as a leading poet of his generation, also internationally. He was awarded the Hertzog Prize for poetry in 1999 for Papierblom and his books have been translated into many languages. Recent publications include his latest collection of poetry: Die windvanger (2007), and his two collected editions of earlier poetry: Ysterkoei-blues and Die ongedanste dans. He is also a painter.

    the opening poem
    the song of the cockroach (1)
    autumn evening
    dark blossom
    dreams are wounds as well
    sleep little beloved
    crucifixion
    the butterfly and the snail
    the withering of the state
    rebel song
    as of wings
    mountain prison
    poem on toilet paper
    time
    like a baboon
    awake after weeks
    black memory
    mene mene tekel
    revelation
    the lament
    island (1)
    island (2)
    the request
    en etat de mourir
    when you are old
    the poem of wisdom
    John's night
    bird farm
    today I went down
    another country
    snow in a foreign night
    after Celan
    then thaw
    the opening of the mouth ritual
    visiting the forefather's grave at Bac Giang, 4 December 1995
    reading Li Bai
    hand paper
    snow in Paris
    first light
    the bridegroom's riding song
    old light
    death in the poem
    in many countries at early dusk
    sorrow heart
    Zibal
    the telling
    Urda
    Ithaka
    une vie sans ailleurs
    the song of the cockroach (2)

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