Chaos Theory of the Heart & Other Poems Mainly Since 1990

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Jacana Media, 2005 - Poetry - 120 pages
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The final work of Lionel Abrahams, a highly respected, award-winning, South African poet and novelist who passed away in 2004, this collection of poems demonstrates what it is to be a writer in chaotic times.
 

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Cover blurb reads: 'Lionel Abrahams dedicated his life to literature and the refining power of literature over the human spirit.' -- J M Coetzee, Nobel Laureate 2003 'We will never see his like again' -- Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Laureate 1991. Read full review

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"Lionel Abrahams dedicated his life to literature and the refining power of literature over the human spirit." – JM Coetzee. The following text is adapted from the notes on the back
cover : In the kaleidoscope that is Lionel Abrahams, we find poet and wit, lover and critic, a voice speaking to us – especially to poets – with an inspirational clarity. As a challenging writer and editor of literary magazines during South Africa's greatest turmoil, his legacy is immense. His poetry goes beyond the personal and straight to the heart of what it is to be a writer in chaotic times. Lionel Abrahams passed away in May 2004. Chaos Theory of the Heart is a last offering from a much-loved poet. 

Contents

Recalling Helen Herself
12
The Chemist of Auschwitz
18
WonderfUl Considering
24
Persona Non Grata
31
Two Oblique Salutes to Nadine Gordimer
37
A Birthday Letter
43
In the Wake of an Unmarked Anniversary
49
A Minor Intrusion on Lives of Animals
56
Blurb for a Modern Literary Biography
72
Epitaph for a Loser
78
Wholeness
84
MetaCreation Formula
92
Yestermorrow
99
Who Says?
103
After a Synchronous Dream
110
Amending Descartes Proof
117

Squarish Quatrains
59

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About the author (2005)

\Lionel Abrahams was the publisher of Renoster Books and Bateleur Press and the editor of the literary magazines Purple Renoster, Quarry, and Sesame. In 1992 the English Academy of Southern Africa awarded him a gold medal for services to English. His poetry collections include A Dead Tree Full of Live Birds; Journal of a New Man; Lionel Abrahams: A Reader; and The Writer in Sand. He is also the author of two novels, The Celibacy of Felix Greenspan and The White Life of Felix Greenspan.

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