Fourth Child: Poems

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African Books Collective, 2007 - Poetry - 55 pages
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Megan Hall's first collection of poems, Fourth Child, has the texture of a carefully wrought, hand-stitched garment. It is something you want to bury your face in, like the familiar scented fabric of an item of clothing that belonged to a beloved who is gone. The Poems combine a dark humour and terrible grief with a lightness and restrained sensuality. Her language has the qualities of dance: uninhibited and polished, accomplished and vivid. Fourth Child shows a poet courageously facing deep feelings while being committed to accurate writing, making beautiful and living things out of the fabric of loss, grief, and emptiness.
 

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Contents

Darning
11
Gunshot
12
Suicide notes
14
Real
16
What love is
17
Meeting at night
18
Anniversary
19
To a friend on getting older
20
The disappearance of the dead
34
Love is a habit
37
Who gave us this gift?
38
Seams
40
Star walk
41
Ticking
42
Dancing on Robben Island
43
Cesaria live
45

Wolwekloof
22
The dead man and his lover
23
Fourth child
25
Seed
26
Face
27
Blame the ocean
29
Leaving you
31
You move fast
32
Dance hall
46
Kiss
47
Your red and secret lips
48
Wanting
49
Wedding
50
Notes to the poems
53
Notes on the author
55
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