At Least the Duck Survived

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African Books Collective, 2011 - Poetry - 50 pages
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At Least the Duck Survived offers a series of lyrical observations about old age, retirement and approaching death; about Tai Chi classes, dogs, lesbian aunts, grandchildren, bicycles and symphony concerts. In its unassuming charm, perfect understatement, succinctness, attentiveness, generosity and wry humour, Margaret Clough's poetry proves Virginia Woolf's dictum that 'Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
 

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Contents

By Sandvlei Shore
7
Degrees of Separation
8
Last Will and Testament
9
Its Difficult to Explain
10
Blind Maltese Poodle Nutmeg
11
Telltales
12
Reunion at the Tearoom
13
Luck
14
Cape Weeds
28
Phone Calls
29
Emigration of my Daughter
30
Early Years
31
Bicycles
32
In the Laboratory
33
To my Cousin Jerry
34
Mauve
35

Failing Memory
15
Unscheduled
16
Faith
17
Serenity
18
If I Come Back Again
19
Against Symphony Concerts
20
If Someone Came Now Offering Love
21
What Are You Doing This Evening?
22
Robyn at the School Gates
23
To Isabel
24
To a Daughter
25
Christmas
26
The First Southeaster of the Year
27
Remembering First Love
36
Touching Tribute to Shirley Valentine
37
Worry
38
Nightmare
39
Puzzle of the Participle
41
Day 0 + 8
42
Second Sight
43
Committal
44
The Game
45
Afterword
46
Black Hole
47
Back cover
53
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