Chaos Theory of the Heart & Other Poems Mainly Since 1990
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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From the cover:
"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.
Recalling Helen Herself
The Chemist of Auschwitz
Persona Non Grata
Two Oblique Salutes to Nadine Gordimer
A Birthday Letter
In the Wake of an Unmarked Anniversary
A Minor Intrusion on Lives of Animals
Blurb for a Modern Literary Biography
Epitaph for a Loser
After a Synchronous Dream
Amending Descartes Proof