Wednesday, 29 October 2008

New country - Mxolisi Nyezwa

This is a second collection from the excellent Eastern Cape poet Mxolisi Nyezwa. As the blurb says, Nyezwa's work is lyrical and deeply expressionistis, and register the intuitiveness of Nyezwa's vision of his land and his life. Nyezwa has carved for himself a voice and a style that is entirely his own and unlike any other South African poet before him.

One of the poems reads:

this little girl

this little girl

outside kfc

in njoli road

asking me for food

could not tell me

why the moon

tore her heart

and wrung her body

like a spell.

New country is published by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and is available in bookstores countrywide.

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