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  • Canary's Songbookby Karen Press

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2005; US$ 15.95

    The power of history to shape people and politics is explored in this collection of finely wrought poems. The desire to find ancestors who can be invoked as sources of wisdom, or remembered as examples of imprudence, is a central preoccupation of these poems that are given additional potency because of South Africa's painful dialogue with its own... more...

  • Slowly, As Ifby Karen Press

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    Written by leading South African poet and feminist thinker Karen Press, these poems are varied in tone and formal invention. Examining themes as diverse as imperialism, historical memory, urban planning, love, poets, and folk dancing, this compilation adjusts its personal, political, and ecological focus on a new South Africa in which a change of... more...

  • The Swerveby Julith Jedamus

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    A remarkable first collection, this book of poetry ranges from the snowy landscapes of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales to the canal-paths of Drenthe. Delving into the dramatics of relationships?familial, romantic, and historical?these pieces demonstrate the poet?s acute sensitivity to language and artistic eye for the visual. Clear and dazzling,... more...

  • Proof of Identityby Neil Powell

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    Exploring the deep roots of identity, this poetry collection by Neil Powell touches upon inherited family histories, memories, and the casual decisions and wrong turns that make us who we are. From subjects such as childhood, leaving home, and first love to a compelling narrative based on a journal kept by Powell?s grandmother of her life in South... more...

  • Valparaisoby Mary O'Malley

    Carcanet Press Ltd. 2012; US$ 16.99

    A compilation of skillful poetry charting the journey of Ireland through economic boom and bust, this book, which was inspired on an Irish research ship, explores the science of going under and staying afloat. Touching upon other subjects as well, including love and homecoming, this collection asks what effects such transformations have on the imagination. more...

  • Sounds of a Cowhide Drum/Imisindo Yesigubhu Sesikhumba Senkomoby Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali

    Jacana Media 2012; US$ 14.99

    Originally published in 1971 by Lionel Abrahams' Renoster Books, this book quickly became a classic of South African literature, but has been unavailable for many years. This new edition carries a simultaneous isiZulu translation of the poems, and a new foreword by Nadine Gordimer. more...

  • Nadine Gordimerby Denise Brahimi; Vanessa Everson; Cara Shapiro

    University of Cape Town Press 2012; US$ 21.99

    A fascinating intersection of intellectual minds, this literary critique views the writing of Nobel Prize?winner Nadine Gordimer through the fresh perspective of a respected French academic. Available for the first time in English, this analysis introduces the important works of a South African activist for equality and political freedom to a new... more...

  • Hands Washing Waterby Chris Abani

    Copper Canyon Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Abani's fourth poetry collection - a mischevious book of displacement, exile, ancestry, and subversive humor. more...

  • Their Champagne Party Will End! Poems in Honor of Bate Besongby Joyce Ashuntantang; Dibussi Tande

    Langaa RPCIG 2008; US$ 18.05

    Bate Besong was Cameroon?s most vocal and controversial poet, playwright and scholar, who died in March 2007. The poems in this collection are a tribute to the man and his work, and provide a snapshot of the mood that prevailed after his death. Bate Besong ushered in a new kind of nationalist ?fighting? literature in Cameroon, unapologetic in its defense... more...

  • Les douleurs de la plume noireby F. Ndi; Dieurat Clervoyant

    Langaa RPCIG 2010; US$ 18.05

    This collection is produced by a trio which in reverse order recalls the trio Senghor, C?saire, Damas; one African and two Caribbeans who were flag bearer of a protest for the recognition of fundamental rights of which Blacks were deprived of. In the same vein, the Clervoyant, Ndi and Vakunta trio: a Caribbean and two Africans in a globalised world... more...