ISBN 9781920397401
Pages 82
Dimensions 210 x 140 mm
Published 2012
Publisher Hands-On Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Absent Tongues

by Kelwyn Sole

Absent Tongues is Kelwyn Sole's sixth collection of poetry; a collection that speaks of tenderness, anger, ambivalence and fear. This is territory Kelwyn has long made his own - hymnal vignettes that thread the landscape of South Africa with patterns of myth and people, with pasts, presents, and, at times, with futures. We come away from these poems with something akin to nostalgia, something like a yearning to belong in the most fundamental sense - to be water, air, bone, sky. Kelwyn Sole writes with grace, acuity and with thoughtful philosophical purpose, affirming his position in the forefront of contemporary South African poetry.

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About the Author

Kelwyn Sole

Kelwyn Sole was born in Johannesburg in 1951, and has lived in Botswana, Namibia and the UK.  He taught for many years at the University of Cape Town until his retirement in 2016.  He has won a number of awards for his poetry, as well for his academic articles on South African and postcolonial literature.  In 2012 Sole edited a selection of contemporary South African poetry for the US literary journal The Common.  His creative and critical work has been published widely in journals, websites and anthologies both in South Africa and overseas.

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