ISBN 9780980272949
Pages 96
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Burnt Offering

by Joan Metelerkamp

Burnt Offering is Joan Metelerkamp's seventh colllection of poems. The title comes from a poem in a cycle that embodies the labours of the medieval alchemists - heating and burning, transformation of passionate intensity, the search for an enduring element. In the process malignant doubt is burnt off, and what takes its place is trust in the everyday: "take this day, here, take it all its clarity, all its gold" - Like all of Metelerkamp's work, these generous poems draw on and weave together, with her distinctive energy and passion, the details of family and rural life, dreams, landscapes and journeys.

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About the Author

Joan Metelerkamp

Joan Metelerkamp grew up in KwaZulu-Natal. After university studies in English and Drama she worked in educational theatre and taught English at the Universities of the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. For twenty years she lived on a family farm outside Knysna with her husband and two children. In 2016 she moved to Devon, England, where she trained to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique. She now lives with her daughter and her family in Massachusetts, USA.

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