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Canary's Songbook
Author: Karen Press

ISBN: 9781857547634
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 27 February 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 0.9
Description:
In The Canary's Songbook Karen Press explores the inescapable shaping power of personal and public histories in individual lives and political processes. The theme has deep roots in Press's native South Africa. The desire to find ancestors who can be invoked as sources of wisdom, or validations of unwisdom, is a central preoccupation of the poems, given force by Press's understanding of South Africa's continuing, painful dialogue with its own past. The Canary's Songbook affirms the universality of such themes, placing Africa on its own terms within a global culture whose attractions and corruptions touch all, and in which individuals struggle to make whole lives from the fragments they inherit. Karen Press's first Carcanet collection, Home (2000), was acclaimed by the South African Sunday Independent for its 'finely wrought poems' by one of our finest poets.

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