Terrestrial Things: Poems

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Kwela, 2002 - Poetry - 63 pages
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Ingrid de Kok is arguably the most lucid and composed voice in contemporary South African English poetry. Terrestrial Things is her third volume. In it she brings her art to the great dramas of our time: the burden revealed in the tragic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and the ceaseless ravaging of the AIDS pandemic. Two other parts of the work provide wider perspectives: one is focused on the formative family bonds and the landscapes of childhood; the other brings her love of Italy to life. A work of great courage, the book grants us the possibility of sustaining the emotional freight of our place and time without breakdown. Anchored in the personal life its dark central vision is carefully framed and steadied by the resources of poetry in the hands of a fine and mature talent.

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Ingrid de Kok is author of several published collections of poetry, co-compiler and editor of another two books, Spring Is Rebellious and City in Words: Poems on Cape Town. As an academic she has contributed chapters and articles to various journals, while her poetry has been included in 14 South African anthologies and 11 international anthologies; her work has also appeared in Italian, Japanese, French, and Dutch translation and has regularly been featured in a variety of literary journals, both in South Africa and abroad.

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