Windcatcher New and Selected Poems, 1964-2006
J. M. Coetzee has described Breyten Breytenbach as "able to descend effortlessly into the Africa of the poetic unconscious and return with the rhythm and the words, the words in the rhythm, that give life." "Windcatcher" is a collection of More...
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J. M. Coetzee has described Breyten Breytenbach as "able to descend effortlessly into the Africa of the poetic unconscious and return with the rhythm and the words, the words in the rhythm, that give life." "Windcatcher" is a collection of Breytenbach's best work in poetry from 1964 to 2006, and includes many poems never before published. There are poems here from Paris in the sixties; poems written in prison, when Breytenbach was jailed in South Africa for seven years for his activities against the apartheid regime; poems of exile from New York in the nineties; poems from Vancouver, from Amsterdam, from Dar es-Salaam. "Windcatcher "is a remarkable record of a remarkable life and imagination. it is when night is at its deepestjust before morning that the muezzin calls the faithfulfor they are still asleepand his sad cry drifts over index fingers of minaretsrooftops and lovers and flowers and dockshis sad cry dawns over city --from "Dar es-Salaam: Harbor of Peace"
A native of South Africa, Breyten Breytenbach is a distinguished painter, activist and prolific writer. He has authored numerous novels, short story compilations, essays and dramatic works. From 1975- 1982, he was a political prisoner serving two terms of solitary confinement in South African prisons. Today Professor Breytenbach is a Global Distinguished Professor of creative writing at New York University.