Azanian Love Song

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African Books Collective, 2007 - Poetry - 128 pages
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Donato Francesco Mattera has been celebrated as a journalist, editor, writer and poet. He is also acknowledged as one of the foremost activists in the struggle for a democratic South Africa, and helped to found both the Union of Black Journalists, the African Writer's Association and the Congress of South African Writers. Born in 1935 in Western Native Township (now Westbury) across the road from Sophiatown, Mattera can lay claim to an intriguingly diverse lineage: his paternal grandfather was Italian, and he has Tswana, Khoi-Khoi and Xhosa blood in his veins.
 

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Contents

Blood River
1
Day of thunder
2
Sophiatown
3
I feel a poem
4
The Day they came for our House
5
Submission
7
Fall
8
I saw a man
9
Child
54
Old woman
59
The poet must die
60
Do you remember
61
Of reason and discovery
62
Tokologo
64
Contamination
66
Mystery
67

Demented
10
Ashamed
11
Protea
12
Vietnam
13
Friday night
14
On a man hanging
15
Let the children decide
16
Mine workers song
17
Black plum
18
Man to man
19
At least
20
For a cent
21
The sun has died
22
Cry of Cain
23
Departure
24
Sowing and Reaping
25
Futility
26
Gelvandale
27
Weave
28
Degrees
29
Lament
30
Weekend
31
Quest
32
Strange rhythm
33
Limitation
34
I am not there
35
Blackness blooms
36
Journey
37
Burning train
38
Offering
39
Fallen fruit
40
Truth
41
And yet
42
After the flowering
43
I watched
44
You would know
45
No time Black man
46
They think us happy
47
Comparison
48
Expectation
49
Embryo
50
Even I
51
Remember
52
Final hour
53
I am
68
First victim
69
At the mortuary
70
Heat of our chains
71
If we seek to be free
73
Azanian Love Song
74
No children
75
Curfew
77
A new time
78
I stood
79
Sobukwe
80
I am infinite
81
I sing
82
Dry your eyes
83
Shadows deepen
84
Ordeal
85
Sea and sand
86
Sea of shadows
87
New vision
88
Dying ground
89
Singing fools
90
Deluge
91
Softly
92
Morning
93
Your gift
94
Kumbaya
95
Elegy for Beirut
96
Freedom Fighters
97
Sometimes
98
Giovanni
99
Our sons our daughters
100
Zimbabwean Love Song
101
Bitter seed
102
Salute the warrior
103
Namibian Love Song
105
A gift of words
106
I am nothing
108
Exiles
110
I will think of you
112
A Song for Mandela
113
We have been here before
115
Back cover
119
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