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Ten South African Poets
Edited by Adam Schwartzman
Categories: 20th Century, African, Anthologies
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (180 pages)
(Pub. Aug 1999)
Ingrid de Kok
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.
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