FEATURING - The New Century of South African Poetry by Michael Chapman.

Posted on May 04, 2020

The Special Collections Book of the Week this week is:

The New Century of South African Poetry by Michael Chapman.

The New Century of South African Poetry presents the challenges of a new millennium. From a ‘post-apartheid' perspective, South Africa rejoins the world as it seeks a home. Simultaneously, it searches the past for a shared though diverse inheritance. The selection ranges from traditional San songs to current voices. The anthology suggests a dynamic interchange of hunting songs and city imagism, Zulu bowstring laments and contemplative lyrics. The perspective of the new millennium encourages fresh evaluations: the applicability of black consciousness to the global debate; not only black/white politics but green politics. We encounter private life, children, sex, dreams and the challenges of modern, urban living - a more variegated society than we perhaps had understood. The last section focuses on poets of today including Tatamkhulu Afrika, Setlhamo Motsapi, Ingrid de Kok, Loit Sôls, and Prophets of da City.

Catalogue Access: https://univofpretoria.on.worldcat.org/oclc/51942791

This book is available at Special Collections, housed on level 5 of the Merensky 2 Library, and is part of our Africana (ZA) Collection.

The Special Collections unit of the Department of Library Services plays a stewardship role in the acquisition and preservation of the Library's rare and valuable information resources, making them accessible to students, staff and researchers, as well as safeguarding them for future generations.

- Author Nikki Haw

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