In the Country of the Heart

Here is a new way to visit the heart of South Africa. This handsome volume contains a collection of love poetry by as varied a group of poets as has ever been found in a volume of poetry.
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Love is as universal as it is private, and it makes asses and royals of us all. When it strikes (blindly), most of us are left exalted and appalled. We buy roses sweating in cellophane or tickets to a sport we don't even understand. Deep inside us something or someone is singing opera, but we're tongue-tied. With not a poetic bone in our body (for which we daily give thanks) all of a sudden we're full of the stuff, but clueless to give it utterance. So we turn to poets, in a tradition of gratitude as old as poetry itself.

It's strange to discover South Africa as a country full of lovers. And wonderful. After decades of notoriety, enmity and base inhumanity, it's especially good to find that under our infamous skin, the heart has forever undergone the more everyday torments and ecstasies of romantic love – for one another. These poems are full of follies, triumphs and losses of South Africans in love. They are also full of South Africa – its police vans and bluegum trees, its backyards and its bedrooms. And its poets – whether vice chancellors, jazz musicians, prisoners, housewives, old favourites or new voices. Here is a new way to visit South Africa.

This handsome volume contains a collection of poems by as varied a group of poets as has ever been found in a volume of poetry. With contributions from such poets as Njabulo Ndebele, Douglas Reid Skinner, Princess Constance Magogo kaDinuzulu, Chris Mann, Stephen Watson, H E Dhlomo and Cosmo Pieterse, this book is a resource, a delight and an inspiration.

Parameters of Book: Book
Sub-title: Love poems from South Africa
Author: Peter Anderson
ISBN: 9781919931562
Size (mm): 210x148mm
Pages: 148pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004-01-01