Ghaap: Sonnets from the Northern Cape
Providing a fascinating investigation of human history, these poems center on Wonderwerk Caves in South Africa's Northern Cape, a site that shows evidence of early human habitation. A variety of voices introduce people from many eras who live nearby and visit the caves, and the poems themselves focus on minute particulars, such as a cup of tea, which simultaneously resonate in the wider world. Taken together, the poems build a critique of globalized systems that obscure local culture and endanger humanity's social and ecological health.
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Acheulian artefacts aeons ancestors ancient ANIMALS living antelope axes banded ironstone banks beasts beside birds blade blood bone boxes broke Canteen Koppie Cape Town cave Caveman cleavers cloud cut grass dark diamonds Dream drink drowned in stone Duncan dust dusty endurance everywhere feet fire flake flow formed frost Gariep Ghaap grasp green grooved hair hand hard heaps heart hill hillside hole human artefact human mind Inert Julia Martin Kathu Townlands Kimberley Knox Kwela land lifestyle litde lithic master hand-axe MICHAEL COPE million moon mounds moved Museum night No-one knows Northern Cape Nu-Gariep numbers ochre pattern piles pits plants Plateau poems poetry rain reed ripple river rock sand seek Shiny silent sing sing slow Snailpress SONNETS South African spade speak stars stones to cut stories sun's things Thorn tread walk warm bed Wonderwerk words