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Merrie Afrika!

Adam Schwartzman

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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. May 1997)
9781857543117
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  • During which time, blacking out, the sky spits
    a cob-full of molars, shakes and blusters

    with light, and shaking off blackets or whores the uncoffeed
    decend each old white-washed splinter-wood space

    through the gossip and hum of the air, in whose space
    belongs the sounds of everyone: he,

    the enterer, she, the forlorn, you
    the strictly unperturbed, me, the freshly undone.

    'Dar Es Salaam'

    Afrika! is an imaginary space, a 'k' and an exclamation mark away from the processes, histories and conflicts that this, Adam Schwartzman's second collection, takes for its subject. It is a space that is at once estranging and, with its wily appropriations, home ground for the citizen of the English language. Above all, in projecting 'the great out-there' into one fictive universe, Afrika! eschews personality and vigorously re-affirms community of descent, inheritance and association -- as the source of authority, both poetic and political.
    Adam Schwartzman was born in Johannesburg in 1973. At present he is an associate at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town and works in rural development. Carcanet publish his first two collections of poetry The Good Life, The Dirty Life and other stories (1995) and Merrie ... read more
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