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Letters Of Alchemy is a journey which unveils various cycles of growth from the darkness of fear, grief and heartbreak to the light of love, self-awareness and empowerment - expressed through the art of poetry and prose.
This thought-provoking collection of words pulls the reader into new worlds of expanse bringing strong images, memories and feelings to mind resulting in a visceral adventure. For best results, savour each sentence and brace yourself for a heart- and mind-opening experience.
Shakeela Kingzley is a South African writer and filmmaker who has profound love for the arts. She received her BA Degree in Motion Picture Medium in 2010 and has since worked in the South African film industry and explored the world whenever adventure called her soul.
“Writing this piece of art was a beautiful journey in itself. In my mindfulness I discovered that I am a translator - when I receive the visuals I need to translate it into the English language as best I can so that when you read it you see it and feel it.” - Shakeela Kingzley
From Rupi Kaur, the top ten Sunday Times bestselling author of Milk And Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry.
Illustrated by Kaur, The Sun And Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.
Die gedigte handel onder meer oor 'n byna uitgestorwe plattelandse lewe met tradisionele gebruike en ambagte. Tog word dit haarskerp en klokhelder verwoord sodat ook die moderne stadsmens aanklank daarby kan vind. Maar hy skryf ewe meevoerend oor die stad (Kaapstad).
Daar is ook aktuele gedigte oor Suid-Afrikaanse toestande, tydlose verse oor die dood en prikkelende maar ook skreiende uitbeeldings van die liefde. Die verse het 'n eie, unieke klank en styl. Die minimalistiese woordgebruik is besonder suggestieryk en skep dikwels meerduidighede - betekeniseggo's wat naklinkend in die leser se kop bly draai.
Die beelde en klanke klou inderdaad aan jou soos knapsekÍrels.
In this quite extraordinary sequence of poems, P.R. Anderson discombobulates and re-assembles the image and idiom of the various nations, landscapes and earthscapes of central South Africa.
From first peoples, to those who took and settled on their ancestral lands, and to those for whom that land would come ancestral, In a Free State encompasses and compresses centuries of human drama into a fleeting and temperamental poetic narrative.
Yet this is no drudge, nor is it a historical yarn. With an easy mastery of form and metre, coupled with swashbuckling metaphorical and -textual flourish, Anderson's new "music" is a bold and visionary work. A piece of South African poetry - and South African storytelling - unlike any other.
Although Olga Kirsch’s is the only Jewish voice in Afrikaans poetry, it is scarcely known among members of the South African Jewish community. Olga Kirsch was, after Elisabeth Eybers, only the second woman to publish a collection of poetry in Afrikaans.
The aims of this biography are to reverse this slide into obscurity and to show why her work is important not only in South Africa but also in Israel.
It does not only investigate Kirsch’s role as Afrikaans Jewish poet but also examines her as an example of a cross-cultural, multi-lingual immigrant poet. As such some of her English and Hebrew poetry are included in this work.
A heart-wrenching story from the international bestselling author of The Kite Runner, brought to life by Dan Williams's beautiful illustrations
On a moonlit beach a father cradles his sleeping son as they wait for dawn to break and a boat to arrive. He speaks to his boy of the long summers of his childhood, recalling his grandfather's house in Syria, the stirring of olive trees in the breeze, the bleating of his grandmother's goat, the clanking of her cooking pots. And he remembers, too, the bustling city of Homs with its crowded lanes, its mosque and grand souk, in the days before the sky spat bombs and they had to flee.
When the sun rises they and those around them will gather their possessions and embark on a perilous sea journey in search of a new home.
Drawing on fifteen centuries of poetry from all over the world, the third edition of Seasons Come To Pass continues to make poetry relevant and accessible to students in Southern Africa.
The anthology includes unusual, erotic, witty, and political poems, presented in chronological order. A wide range of poets is included, from classics and old favourites to fresh new voices.
This anthology offers support and guidance by providing a clear overview of the important movements in the history of the English language and its literature, as well as detailed notes on critical analysis and techniques for writing essays and exams. The aim is to encourage students to develop the confidence to express their ideas in writing. Practical examples are given of how to come to grips with poetry, and develop critical and analytical skills. Poems are brought alive through supporting notes that tackle contemporary and controversial concerns.
Belly Of Fire is a metaphor for the anxiety and fear that we hold within ourselves; the voices of those who are disempowered by racism, poverty, war and gendered abuse, voices that remain silenced, are housed as fire in our bellies.
Themes of abuse, xenophobia, female genital mutilation, reawakening, are unpacked here in a collection of seven reflective, compelling stories intertwined with no more than thirteen contemporary poems that bring out the essence of the themes developed in the narratives.
This poetry collection shouts triumph and courage, whilst rattling your senses and shaking up your bones. Be prepared to be astounded by delightful alliteration and verse lyrical in cadence.
Beukes’ poetry draws upon the challenges he faced while growing up in the racially divided country of South Africa; and he uses such experiences as a form of personal catharsis but also as a way to teach the lesson that all humans are in this game of life together.
In overcoming the challenges of his youth, Beukes serves as a firsthand example of how the human soul can rise up triumphantly to shine with purity and goodwill.
THESE POEMS AND NOTEBOOKS ARE THE LAST WORD FROM THE LATE, GREAT LEONARD COHEN.
The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems and writings, selected and ordered by Cohen in the final months of his life. The book contains an extensive selection from Cohen's notebooks, featuring lyrics, prose pieces and illustrations, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker. An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen's storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen's lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny.
By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who has plumbed the depths of our darkest questions and come up wanting, yearning for more.
In hierdie bundel durf die skrywer Dantť Alighieri se briljante werk aan. Hy bewys homself as uitmuntende vertaler.
Dantť se lang reis kan tematies verbind word met Israel se uittog verhaal. Met sy La Divina Commedia beoog Dantť om die boosheid van die mens aan die kaak te stel en roep hy die mens op om saam te werk aan die skepping van ’n beter samelewing van vrede en orde onder leiding van ’n goeie keiser en pous.
Vuurvas is ‘n digbundel deur die bekende Carel Anthonissen.
Die gedigte gaan oor die onskuld en verwagtinge van ‘n kind in sy eerste landskap, die ontnugtering en vervreemding wat die volwasse bestaan meebring, en die uiteindelike aanvaarding en omarming van pyn, siekte, ouderdom en dood.
Vuurvas is nie alleen ‘n verwysing na die onvernietigbare kiem van hoop, regskapenheid en welwillendheid in die mens nie, maar dien ook as ‘n voorbeeld van aandagtige en gevoelige omgang met taal en verwoording.
In Mede-wete,’n aangrypende nuwe digbundel deur Antjie Krog, word temas soos taal, geheue en gewete met ’n nuwe intensiteit en beleŽnheid hanteer. Dit is haar eerste digbundel in 8 jaar.
Diť gedigte laat blyk duidelik haar diep verknogtheid aan haar geboortegrond en haar volgehoue betrokkenheid by en passie vir die land se komplekse geskiedenis en samelewing. Terselfdertyd herdefinieer sy haar identiteit as Afrikaanse digter. Te midde van verse waaruit haar woede en afkeer ten opsigte van sosiale ongeregtighede spreek, is daar ook boeiende familieverse, verse oor die generasies vorentoe en terug waarin die stemme en gesprekke opklink wat ons elke dag hoor. Ook verse oor oudword en afskeid, waarvan die huldigingsvers vir Mandela ’n hoogtepunt is.
Maar dit is verŠl weens die ontwrigting van taal juis om nuwe betekenis te skep dat Antjie Krog ’n opwindende digbundel lewer.
Funeral service and insurance provider AVBOB, through its sponsorship of the AVBOB Poetry Project, gave South Africa the gentlest, most inclusive act of bereavement support in the form of an online poetry competition in all 11 official languages.
Poets submitted words of loss and consolation in all 11 mother tongues. Editors in all languages were carefully selected to curate the collection of poems entered, and they too were transformed by the process.
This is a poetry portal for all South Africans – a cathartic space where amateur and accomplished poets can use their craft to comfort others.
Ken Barris, who lives and works in Cape Town, has published several novels, a collection of short stories and of poetry. His short stories and poems have appeared in many anthologies. He won the Ingrid Jonker Prize for poetry, the Vita Award for a collection of short fiction, and the M-Net Book Prize for his first novel, The Jailerís Book. In 2003 he was shortlisted for the Caine Prize.
Grondwater sluit aan by die vorige bundels van die gevestigde digter Marlise Joubert, maar het ’n boustof wat getuig van ’n nuwe stel lewenservaringe wat dit laat affilieer by die groeiende tradisie in Afrikaanse laatwerk.
Dit is ’n bundel wat spreek van die spreker se terugblik op ’n leeftyd, die besef van eie sterflikheid en die ontginningsproses van die biologiese en psigologiese wortels van die mens, van die impak van ouerfigure en veral van die gestorwe moeder.
'Fatimah Asghar writes my heart' Riz Ahmed 'Fatimah Asghar's debut collection brought me to tears many times over. It is urgent, compelling and filled with fragments of history that have changed the face of the world. Its exploration of queerness, grief, Muslim identity, partition and being a woman of colour in a white supremacist world make this the most essential collection of poems you'll read this year' Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant, author of The One Who Wrote Destiny Poet and co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls captures her experience as a Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America, while exploring identity, violence, and healing. an aunt teaches me how to tell an edible flower from a poisonous one. just in case, I hear her say, just in case. Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people's histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging. 'A debut poetry collection showcasing both a fierce and tender new voice' Booklist
The Mouths of Grazing Things is an unflinching, lyrical meditation on nature's forced exodus from the human, and the forms of longing, estrangement, magnetism, and self-otherness that ensue. Arrestingly tender and fiercely protective of where nature lurks in and out of us still, Boyden translates for a new landscape where a brain in a jar is anchored by an apple, a fly-tying fisherman finds love songs to fish scattered among the barber's sweepings, and the players at ""the most dangerous playground in the world"" prepare for anything with one fist clenched and the other full of sugar. In poems built to survive an unsafe journey, this book delivers the now-beyond, the almost-was, the near-forgotten, and the just-in-time.
Kitaar my kruis is vir die eerste keer in 1962 deur H.A.U.M. gepubliseer, en die tweede uitgawe het sewe herdrukke beleef.
Small se identifikasie met sy karakters vind neerslag in sy gebruik van Kaaps – volgens hom ’n volwaardige taal waarin mense hul eerste skreeu en hul laaste doodsroggel gee. Wat in heelparty gedigte opval, is die gebruik van refreine en herhaling, wat as ’t ware die gemeenskap se vrese waarskuwings en aanklagte van die tyd eggo (Van Wyk, 2006). Verder is daar ’n sterk Ou Testamentiese inslag, maar ook talle verwysings na die geboorte en wederkoms van Christus.
Volgens Steward van Wyk word diť gegewe op die lotgevalle van onderdruktes van toepassing gemaak, oa die geskiedenis van Moses en die Israelitiese volk onder Egiptiese slawerny: Soos Moses met sy staf, moet die digter met sy kitaar sy mense lei, maar omdat die taak so moeilik is, word die kitaar ironies ook sy kruis.
Alexander Pushkin's epic magic-realist tale is brought vividly to life in this superb translation by D. M. Thomas. Drawing on the Russian folklore of Pushkin's childhood, the poem recounts the abduction of Princess Ludmila by the evil wizard Chernomor and the attempt by the brave knight Ruslan to rescue his bride. Ruslan must embark on a perilous quest, encountering an intriguing cast of characters - including a hermit, a witch and a pugnacious floating head - before he can be reunited with his love. Ruslan and Ludmila is a vibrantly colourful blend of traditional chivalry, outrageous humour and exciting escapades: a gorgeous display of the poet's astonishing imagination.
Tiertjie en Beertjie is beste vriende. Hulle beleef allerhande wonderlike avonture saam. En hulle is vir niks bang nie, want saam is hulle sterker as enigiets op aarde. ďAs mens ín vriend het, hoef mens vir niks op aarde bang te wees nie!Ē Beer en Tier woon gelukkig en tevrede in ín snoesige, klein huisie aan die rivier. Maar wanneer daar eendag ín krat uit die rivier spoel, met Panama op geskryf, gaan die twee op reis na die land van hul drome. Saam pak hulle allerhande avonture aan: hulle gaan op ín skattejag, vind die posdiens uit, hou groot partytjies en arme Tier beland selfs in die dierehospitaal. Hierdie bundel bevat ses van die welbekende Duitse skrywer se tydlose Ben en Tiertjie-stories.
A noctuary is a diary for the late hours. In Niall Campbell's poems, this is a time for reflection, discovering what it means to be a young father, anxious, caring and protective, deeply connected to the new, precious life of another human being. The deftly lyrical poems in his second collection illuminate a night world of disturbed sleep and half dream, midnight feeds, the quiet of snowfall through the hours of dark. At the same time the grown man now living in the city reconnects with his own childhood on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, the territory of his highly praised first collection, Moontide. Hearing his father's voice in how he calls to his son, other images of the island's seascapes, myths and wildlife return to him in Noctuary.
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