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Disturbance - Poems (Paperback): Dawn Garisch Disturbance - Poems (Paperback)
Dawn Garisch
R180 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R30 (17%) In stock
Letters Of Alchemy (Paperback): Shakeela Kingzley Letters Of Alchemy (Paperback)
Shakeela Kingzley
R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 In stock

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

Our Words, Our Worlds - Writing On Black South African Women Poets, 2000?2018 (Paperback): Makhosazana Xaba Our Words, Our Worlds - Writing On Black South African Women Poets, 2000–2018 (Paperback)
Makhosazana Xaba
R315 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R44 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This groundbreaking, multi-genre anthology answers the question: what did the literary landscape look like in South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century?

It documents a slice of this landscape by bringing together the writings of over twenty contributors through literary critique, personal essays and interviews. The book tells the story of the seismic shift that transformed national culture through poetry and is the first of its kind to explore the history and impact of poetry by Black women, in their own voices. It straddles disciplines: literary theory, feminism, history of the book and politics – thus decolonising literary culture.

Our Words, Our Worlds covers expansive reflections: from the international diplomacy-transforming poem, ‘I Have Come to Take You Home’ by Diana Ferrus, to the pioneering publisher duduzile zamantungwa mabaso; from the self-confessed closeted poet Sedica Davids, to the fiery unapologetic feminist Bandile Gumbi; from the world-renowned Malika Ndlovu, to the engineer and award-winning Nosipho Gumede; from the formidable foursome Feela Sistah, to feminist literary scholars V.M. Sisi Maqagi and Barbara Boswell. The collective contributions are a testimony to the power of creativity and centrality of poetry in a changing society.

This book is an assertion of Black women’s intellectual prowess and – as Gabeba Baderoon puts it – black women’s visions of ‘a world made whole by their presence’.

Years Of Fire And Ash - South African Poems Of Decolonisation (Paperback): Wamuwi Mbao Years Of Fire And Ash - South African Poems Of Decolonisation (Paperback)
Wamuwi Mbao
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In Years of Fire and Ash: South African Poems of Decolonisation, fifty years of protest poetry are brought together in a single volume by literary critic and lecturer Dr Wamuwi Mbao. The animating impulse behind this collection of old and new voices is ‘decolonisation’, a term which has regained prominence over the last few years. It allows us to perceive how different South African poets have placed their work in the world, and how that work might relate to the struggle for radical social transformation. How, then, does decolonization look like in the world of South African poetry? This anthology is an attempt to answer that question.

The poems express the thoughts and experiences of poets who experienced Apartheid, but also of those who address current political realities. This collection includes established voices as well as prominent Emmanuel Taban is one of contemporary poets.

Troy (Paperback): Stephen Fry Troy (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.

In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.

The Sun And Her Flowers (Paperback): Rupi Kaur The Sun And Her Flowers (Paperback)
Rupi Kaur 5
R270 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R54 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

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.

Knapsekerels (Afrikaans, Paperback): Pieter Fourie Knapsekerels (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Pieter Fourie
R175 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R24 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

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 knapsekêrels.

In A Free State - A Music (Paperback): P.R. Anderson In A Free State - A Music (Paperback)
P.R. Anderson
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Olga Kirsch - A Life In Poetry (Paperback): Egonne Roth Olga Kirsch - A Life In Poetry (Paperback)
Egonne Roth
R275 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R39 (14%) In stock

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.

Sea Prayer (Hardcover): Khaled Hosseini Sea Prayer (Hardcover)
Khaled Hosseini; Illustrated by Dan Williams 1
R346 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Seasons Come To Pass - A Poetry Anthology For Southern African Students (Paperback, 3rd ed): H. Moffett Seasons Come To Pass - A Poetry Anthology For Southern African Students (Paperback, 3rd ed)
H. Moffett 5
R315 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 6 - 10 working days

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.

Home Body (Paperback): Rupi Kaur Home Body (Paperback)
Rupi Kaur 1
R270 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R57 (21%) In stock

From the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of Milk And Honey and The Sun And Her Flowers comes her greatly anticipated third collection of poetry.

Rupi Kaur constantly embraces growth, and in Home Body she walks readers through a reflective and intimate journey visiting the past, the present and the potential of the self. Home Body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself - reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change.

Illustrated by the author, themes of nature and nurture, light and dark, rest here.

The Flame (Hardcover, Main): Leonard Cohen The Flame (Hardcover, Main)
Leonard Cohen; Foreword by Adam Cohen; Edited by Robert Faggen, Alexandra Pleshoyano 3
R608 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R160 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days


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.

The New Century of South African Poetry (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Michael Chapman The New Century of South African Poetry (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Michael Chapman
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A revised and updated edition of this much-loved poetry anthology which was first published in 2002. This new edition of The New Century of South African Poetry now includes 125 new poems, with the addition of a fifth section covering works produced by poets who have made their mark since the early 2000s. New Century includes pieces in divergent styles by a wide range of authors - from traditional songs by Khoisan poets to poems by established figures such as Roy Campbell, N.P. van Wyk Louw, Mazisi Kunene, Douglas Livingstone, Mongane Wally Serote and Antjie Krog. Popular poetic forms like maskanda, kiba, praises and rap share the pages with current poets such as Gabeba Baderoon, Rustum Kozain, Danie Marais, Nick Mulgrew and Koleka Putuma…

Die Goddelike Komedie - Liefde Laat Die Son En Sterre Sing (Afrikaans, Paperback): Cas Vos Die Goddelike Komedie - Liefde Laat Die Son En Sterre Sing (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Cas Vos
R175 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R24 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In hierdie bundel durf die skrywer Danté Alighieri se briljante werk aan. Hy bewys homself as uitmuntende vertaler.

Danté se lang reis kan tematies verbind word met Israel se uittog verhaal. Met sy La Divina Commedia beoog Danté 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.

Vel - 15 Oorstories (Afrikaans, Paperback): Emma Bekker Vel - 15 Oorstories (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Emma Bekker
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Emma Bekker se debuutpundel Skryn (poësie) is goed ontvang en die eerste druk het uitverkoop. Hierdie bundel kortverhale getuig van dieselfde fyn waarneming, musikaliteit, verbeeldingrykeid en sensualiteit. Dit gaan hier oor struktuur, oor lae van betekenis en gevoel, oor die skelette van stories wat met vel oorgetrek word. Die verhale is soms donker, soms humoristies, altyd vreesloos en eroties gelaai. Die onderwerpe strek van ’n porn-ster se hartseer oor sy ma se dood tot ’n uitbundige relaas van ’n skoolkonsert.

Pleks Van Plaas (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jerzy Koch Pleks Van Plaas (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Jerzy Koch
R240 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Jerzy Koch, vertaler, digter, akademikus, is hoof van die Afdeling Nederlandse en Suid-Afrikaanse Studies by die Fakulteit Engels van A. Mickiewicz-Universiteit in Poznań. Hy doseer veral Nederlandse literatuur, koloniale literatuur en Afrikaans. Hy is ook die skrywer van ’n omvattende literatuurgeskiedenis oor Afrikaans. Hy besoek Suid-Afrika gereeld sedert 1992 en het die Afrikaanse taal sodanig sy eie gemaak dat hy dit vlot praat en gedigte daarin skryf.

Hy het werke vertaal van H. Claus, J. Bernlef, H. de Coninck, S. Hertmans, G. Kouwenaar, Lucebert, H. Mulisch, Multatuli, L. Nolens, P. Rodenko, F. Timmermans e.a. Vir sy vertaal-oeuvre het hy in die Lae Lande die M. Nijhoff-prys ontvang. Hy het ook Ingrid Jonker (1993) vertaal en sy onlangse vertalings in Poolse is bloemlesings uit Antjie Krog (2017) en Breyten Breytenbach (2018) se gedigte.

In sy digbundel Pleks van plaas skryf hy onder meer oor sy familiegeskiedenis in Pole, maar die grootste deel van die bundel word in beslag geneem deur verse oor Suid-Afrika. Indrukwekkend is veral die seegedigte. Dit is nie net die branders wat sy “oor vang en oorrompel” nie, maar ook die Afrikaanse taal.

Mede-Wete (Afrikaans, Paperback): Antjie Krog Mede-Wete (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Antjie Krog 3
R260 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R36 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Mede-wete,’n aangrypende nuwe digbundel deur Antjie Krog, word temas soos taal, geheue en gewete met ’n nuwe intensiteit en beleënheid hanteer. Dit is haar eerste digbundel in 8 jaar.

Dié 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 verál weens die ontwrigting van taal juis om nuwe betekenis te skep dat Antjie Krog ’n opwindende digbundel lewer.

The Hill We Climb - An Inaugural Poem (Hardcover): Amanda Gorman The Hill We Climb - An Inaugural Poem (Hardcover)
Amanda Gorman; Foreword by Oprah Winfrey
R240 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R61 (25%) Pre-order

Amanda Gorman's powerful and historic poem 'The Hill We Climb,' read at President Joe Biden's inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

On 20 January 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem "The Hill We Climb" can now be cherished in this special gift edition. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this keepsake celebrates our promise and affirms the power of poetry.

The Hill We Climb - Poems (Hardcover): Amanda Gorman The Hill We Climb - Poems (Hardcover)
Amanda Gorman
R357 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R91 (25%) Pre-order

The debut poetry collection by inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman.

Including "The Hill We Climb," the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, this debut collection of the same name reveals an energizing and unforgettable new voice in America poetry.

Seisoene Op Parool (Afrikaans, Paperback): Hans Pienaar Seisoene Op Parool (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Hans Pienaar
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) In stock

Bekende digter en resensent Louis Esterhuizen het die volgende oor hierdie versameling gedigte gesê: “Kenmerkend is die ironiese, selfs sardoniese, toon terwyl die stem se personasie in die gedigte dikwels skollieagtig is; iets wat direk verband hou met die titel se verwysing na parool: Iemand wat voorwaardelik vrygelaat is, dog streng by beheermaatreëls moet hou ten einde daardie gewaande vryheid te handhaaf en hernieude tronkstraf te voorkom. Die digter slaag om indrukwekkende wyse daarin om dié filosofiese beskouing van vryheid vs gebondenheid verteenwoordigend van die mens se algehele lewenslot te maak.”

Hong Kong without Us - A People's Poetry (Paperback): The Bauhinia Project Hong Kong without Us - A People's Poetry (Paperback)
The Bauhinia Project
R433 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R80 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Soe Rond Ommie Bos - Gedigte (Afrikaans, Paperback): Veronique Jephtas Soe Rond Ommie Bos - Gedigte (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Veronique Jephtas
R200 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R30 (15%) In stock

Veronique Jephtas verteenwoordig die kraakvars stem van ’n nuwe generasie Afrikaanssprekendes – die born frees, gebore ná 1994 – wat grootgeword het in ’n land met meer geleenthede vir almal maar waar die wonde van die verlede halsstarrig bly sweer.

In Soe rond ommie bos skryf Jephtas protesposie en verbeel ’n gemeenskap wat vry is van gesprekke wat rondom die bos loop.

Hysterical Water - Poems (Paperback): Hannah Baker Saltmarsh Hysterical Water - Poems (Paperback)
Hannah Baker Saltmarsh
R416 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R77 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
I Wish I'd Said - A Product Of The AVBOB Poetry Project (Paperback): Johann de Lange, Mantoa Motinyane I Wish I'd Said - A Product Of The AVBOB Poetry Project (Paperback)
Johann de Lange, Mantoa Motinyane
R200 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R28 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

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.

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