ISBN 9780980272901
Pages 56
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2008
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Fourth Child

by Megan Hall

Fourth Child won the 2008 Ingrid Jonker prize for a debut volume of poetry.

Megan Hall's first collection of poems, Fourth Child, has the texture of a carefully wrought, hand-stitched garment. It is something you want to bury your face in, like the familiar scented fabric of an item of clothing that belonged to a beloved who is gone. The Poems combine a dark humour and terrible grief with a lightness and restrained sensuality. Her language has the qualities of dance: uninhibited and polished, accomplished and vivid. Fourth Child shows a poet courageously facing deep feelings while being committed to accurate writing, making beautiful and living things out of the fabric of loss, grief, and emptiness.

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"Her poems - of love and loss - are delicate and powerful. They keep their poise, close to the bone."

Robin Malan

"The poems in Fourth Child steal upon the reader like a leopard. The tone of the volume is unassuming at times matter-of-fact; it both shields and deepens, and works to control what could easily be runaway emotions. It is an intriguing volume which ensures it will be read again and again."

Rustum Kozain

About the Author

Megan Hall

Megan Hall was born and grew up in Cape Town, and studied English and Latin at the University of Cape Town. Since 1995, she has worked in the publishing industry and is currently publisher for dictionaries and school literature in English at Oxford University Press Southern Africa. Her poetry has appeared in various local journals since 1991, as well as the school anthology Worldscapes. A short story is forthcoming from Botsotso and an essay of hers was included in Leaves to a Tree, edited by Robin Malan. She has also edited poetry and fiction for New Contrast, and taken part in both Young Voices (the 2004 South African Online Writers’ Conference hosted by Litnet) and the 2005 Crossing Borders programme, a British Council-sponsored writer’s mentorship. She lives in Cape Town with her partner and a cat.

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