Lady One

Lady One

Of Love and Other Poems

Book - 2002
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Houghton
Please deliver me, Lady, of prattle and cant
As I bury one hundred years of war and want

Evoking an extraordinary range of settings and images--from "Africa where blood blackens / and tiny desert creatures have to lick / the dew from their flanks to survive" to the havens of exile, and the "snow once again over Paris / this morning sheeting light / under grey blankets"--this searching verse explores love and loss, light and darkness, war and want, and wounds that do not heal. The texture of nostalgic, sometimes bitter memories of childhood in Breytenbach's African homeland is as palpable here as the vigorous exultation of love found amid the ruins of an earlier life. And pervading all the experience rendered is a sense of wonder and awe that "the light lies silvery smooth / in the furrows dug by the farmer / to lead astray the drought / and bring succour to the runner beans, / the maize, tomatoes, melons, peppers, / onions, garlic, potatoes / and love."


Baker & Taylor
An intricately woven tapestry of images and settings delves into the realm of love and loss, light and darkness, war and want, and wounds that time cannot heal, brilliantly revisiting the author's childhood in Africa, in a stunning collection of personal poems. 12,500 first printing.

Harcourt Publishing
Please deliver me, Lady, of prattle and cant
As I bury one hundred years of war and want

Evoking an extraordinary range of settings and images--from "Africa where blood blackens / and tiny desert creatures have to lick / the dew from their flanks to survive" to the havens of exile, and the "snow once again over Paris / this morning sheeting light / under grey blankets"--this searching verse explores love and loss, light and darkness, war and want, and wounds that do not heal. The texture of nostalgic, sometimes bitter memories of childhood in Breytenbach's African homeland is as palpable here as the vigorous exultation of love found amid the ruins of an earlier life. And pervading all the experience rendered is a sense of wonder and awe that "the light lies silvery smooth / in the furrows dug by the farmer / to lead astray the drought / and bring succour to the runner beans, / the maize, tomatoes, melons, peppers, / onions, garlic, potatoes / and love."


Baker
& Taylor

A collection of poems delves into the realm of love and loss, light and darkness, war and want, and wounds that time cannot heal, revisiting the author's childhood in Africa.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt, c2002
ISBN: 9780151007622
0151007624
Branch Call Number: 821.914 BRE
Characteristics: 84 p. ; 22 cm

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