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Ten South African Poets

Edited by Adam Schwartzman

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 93 3
Categories: 20th Century, African, Anthologies
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 1999
216 x 136 x 18 mm
180 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Arthur Nortje
    Mafik Gwala
    Karen Press
    Wopko Jensma
    Lionel Abrahams
    Seithlamo Motsapi
    Ingrid de Kok
    Tatamkhulu Afrika
    Douglas Livingstone
    Mongane Wally Serote
    Adam Schwartzman's anthology offers substantial selections of ten outstanding South African poets drawn from more than four decades and from very different traditions and cultures. Far from establishing a canon, the vital and diverse literatures represented here offer a pluralistic vision of Africanism. While politics loom large, the poetries of place, region, country and survival assemble an imaginative vocabulary through which the volatility of South Africa's history emerges.

    The editor's introduction examines the radically altered circumstances of the contemporary poet in South Africa and reflects on the cultural and social struggles which have brought and will bring new resources into the poetry of Africa and the English language.
    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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