ISBN 9781928215868
Pages 78
Dimensions 210 x 140 mm
Published 2019
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Format Paperback

Making Way


by Joan Metelerkamp

This is Joan Metelerkamp’s ninth book of poems. Her previous book, also published by Modjaji, Now the World Takes these Breaths (2014) was one of three on the short list for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many South African anthologies. As well as poems she has written reviews and essays about South African poetry, and read in most festivals in South Africa as well as in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. She has been an associate of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa, as a part-time teacher on the MA in creative writing at Rhodes University; before that, for five years, she edited New Coin poetry journal.

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“In Making Way, Metelerkamp demonstrates once again her unrivaled command of a poetry of movement and process. The reader embarks on a series of intertwined journeys - from doubt to understanding, from the past to the future, from continent to continent - all of which is embodied in a poetry of breathtaking lyricism and acute, unflinching perception.”

Kelwyn Sole, author of Walking, Falling

About the Author

Joan Metelerkamp

Joan Metelerkamp is one of South Africa’s foremost poets. She is the author of seven previous books of poems. Her poetry is quite different to that of most of her local contemporaries and has been favourably compared to that of Anne Carson and Louise Glück. Her work won literary prizes (SANLAM, Sydney Clouts) in the early 1990s and later she judged the DALRO and Ingrid Jonker prizes. Her poems have been widely published in local and international anthologies of South African poetry, and she has taken part in readings and literary lifestivals here and in Europe and America. She edited the South African poetry journal New Coin for some years and has also written poetry reviews and essays.

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