Body Bereft

Body Bereft


By (author) Antjie Krog, Edited by Annari Van Der Merwe

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  • Publisher: Umuzi
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 218mm x 15mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 18 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cape Town
  • ISBN 10: 1415200122
  • ISBN 13: 9781415200124
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 884,479

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The taboos within the tidal moods of the menopause are described with an anger and a verbal intensity that are uniquely Krog s. Close relationships are searingly explored, occasionally in a confrontational way, more often searching for resolution. In the final meditative section, Table Mountain, a looming, symbolic and androgynous godhead is contemplated as an abiding presence and witness to the transience of human life. These dramatic, even reckless poems, reaffirm Antjie Krog s status and bring an altogether new and unique energy to South African English-language poetry.Antjie Krog s iconic status as one of South Africa s most popular and critically acclaimed poets began when she was eighteen, with her first collection, Dogter van Jefta (1970). Almost four decades later, this very different collection will confirm her reputation with poems that blur and ravage the boundaries between the lyrical and confessional, the private and public. From Body Bereft, p.62fossil alphabetthe found fossil does not describehow my blue eyes look past your eyeshow your black eyes look away from my eyeshow my white forearm does not simply rest next to your black forearmhow my sleek hair sleeps next to your frizzy hairthe fossil does however describe in the finest vertebraehow the coast blindingly kept on shouting after the continent that once was part of herhow the fynbos undisputedly sniffed for her torn-away friendshow the rusted rock along the coast longed for the drifted bloodbrotherbut the fossil knows that once everything was linkedthat we broached our hearts for one anotheronly we don t know why we now sit with this stoney one-nessand so much furious aversion "

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