ISBN 9780620986892
Pages 90
Dimensions 203 x 133mm
Published 2022
Publisher uHlanga, South Africa
Format Paperback

A Short Treatise on Mortality

by Douglas Reid Skinner

In Douglas Reid Skinner's eighth book of poems, a lifetime of writing becomes the writing of a lifetime. With verse ranging from the philosophical to the surreal, Skinner ponders the most universal of questions and concerns - how to live, and, perhaps more crucially, how to die. Through landscapes of ploughed fields, dream highways, and building sites alike, our human concepts of memory and literature are observed, retraced, or even deconstructed. Behind the easy intelligence and humour, Skinner remains a flagbearer for the traditions of South African poetry in English. Poems are written for writers and loved ones who have passed, others for those who have most of their years to come - all held in expert balance by a master of his art.

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About the Author

Douglas Reid Skinner

DOUGLAS REID SKINNER was born in Upington, has published six collections of poems, most recently, Liminal (2017), and one new & selected. Alone or with an associate, he has published eight books of translation, most recently Poesie Scelte: Selected Poems, translated from the Italian of Marco Fazzini (2020). He is editor of Stanzas poetry magazine, and the English editor and a translator for the AVBOB Poetry Project.