The Everyday Wife
`Phillippa is compassionate, insouciant and outspoken' Moira Richards on Taller than Buildings
The everyday wife is a handy little book of practical poetry for any occasion. Mischievous and profound words recreate everyday life in South Africa and other parts of the world. In this, her second volume of poetry, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers unravels the security blanket of routines, exposing the soul of the quotidian.
What treats are served up in this new book of poems by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers!
Like the best of poets, she makes language do her bidding, wresting new sense from familiar images and situations, surprising us and ambushing our expectation
Phillippa Yaa de Villiers illuminates relation ships of many kinds and many intensities between lovers, children and parents, the politics of emotion shared and remembered and confronted, sustained across the distance of place or memory Sometimes, as in `The Organ of Love'. which manages that crucial combination of passion and humour she makes meaning hold on to the last word of the poem like the last drop of a delicious drink. Margaret Busby
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