Seasonal Fires New and Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 1583227180

ISBN-13: 9781583227183

Edition: 2006

Authors: Ingrid De Kok

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"Ingrid de Kok's poetry leaves me defenseless. I cannot respond to it as a friend, or reviewer, or journalist, or academic. It goes straight to my poetry heart. And I respond like a fool."-Antjie Krog "Read these poems to yourself late at night, in the early morning before anyone else is awake, as you wait for a friend or the train. Read the words aloud and allow each to liger on your tongue: histogram, grace, grenade. Read them and register what the best poetry does without pretense or apology: it gives us back our lives."-Susan Rich, Cape Times 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 few poets to successfully broach the burden of tragedy revealed by the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission hearings and the ceaseless ravaging of the AIDS pandemic. In doing so, she "capture[s] in the most delicate and individual terms devastating phenomena." (Antije Krog) In reading Mending one understands what it means to read truly fine poetry. Ingrid de Kok has published three collections of poetry, Familiar Ground, Transfer and Terrestrial Things to wide acclaim.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 4/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Poems from Familiar Ground (1988)
To drink its water
Sun, aloe, rain
Our Sharpeville
At this resort
My father would not show us
Shadows behind, before
Two places, two dreams
Ruth in the corn
The two Sherpas
Woman, leaning away
Dolphin eater
Enduring your devil
Woman in the glass
To a would-be lover
Words of love
Arrangement: a poem for myself
This thing we learn from others
On her way home
Road through Lesotho
Stones, sky, radio
Al wat kind is
Small passing
Poems from Transfer (1997)
Ground wave
Still life
What everyone should know about grief
In the Cappuchin ossuarium, Rome
Cape Town morning
Cape Town by day
Cape Town by night
At the commission
The resurrection bush
My mother's house hold
Young boy juggling
After forty
Safe delivery
Text of necessity
Night space
Inner note
Brush stroke
Stay here
Poems from Terrestrial Things (2002)
Spring custom
Birds at Bellagio
Lizards at San Michele
Merchants in Venice
Parts of speech
The Archbishop chairs the first session
How to mourn in a room full of questions
What kind of man?
Revenge of the imagination
A commander grieves on his own
The transcriber speaks
The sound engineer
Some there be
Body parts
Sticks on stone
A few questions
Frightened of the dark
In the cage
Sirens sounding
William Kamanga
My father's books
A death foretold
In a northern city, suddenly
Into the sun
The head of the household
Women and children first
The child at the lights
Compassionate leave
Body Maps
Too long a sacrifice
Bring the statues back
In times of war
"The Fear of God is the Beginning of Knowledge"
Body maps
Wishing in moonlight
Child stretching
Letter from childhood
When children leave
Notes for that week
Death arrives
Death notices
Time to go
The eclipse of the sun
Kalahari campsite
Sketches from A Summer Notebook
Letter home
Umbrian shutters
Walking back late at night
Solitaire at Fronzola
La Traviata
In the chimney
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