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Skinned - Poems

ISBN 
9781415203859
Format 
Trade Paperback
Recommended Price 
R170.00
Published 
May 2013
About the book: 

Antjie Krog selects from her most recent poems and also from the poems that best represent her work from across a long career.Part One of Skinned contains poems about writing, family and love. The poems in the second part are from the epic poem based on the life of Lady Anne Barnard, and were written during the height of apartheid, while Part Three offers extracts from several speakers who lived in the land before the likes of Lady Anne arrived. Krog includes here re-workings of Bushmen narratives, as well as translations of oral Sepedi, Xhosa and Zulu praise poems. Part Four represents the political turmoil of South Africa and the divisions within Africa, while Part Five includes recent poems that have to do with the betrayals of the body as we age. 

Including new poems alongside previously published ones from across the decades, Skinned explores the necessity of ‘a change of tongue’ in order to be.

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About the Author
Antjie Krog was born and grew up in the Free State. She became editor of the Afrikaans current-affairs magazine Die Suid-Afrikaan and later worked as a radio jounalist covering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, all the while writing extensively for newspapers and journals. She and her radio colleagues
received the Pringle Award for excellence in journalism for their coverage of the Commission hearings, from which came the best known of her three non-fiction books, Country of My Skull.

She has won major awards in almost all the genres and  media in which she has worked: poetry, non-fiction and translation. But, mainly, she has lived as a poet. Krog’s first volume of poetry was published when she was seventeen years old and she has since released thirteen volumes of poetry and received among others the Eugène Marais Prize, the Hertzog Prize, the FNB Prize, the Protea Prize, and, for non-fiction, the Alan Paton Prize and the Olive Schreiner Award. She has also been a recipient of the Stockholm Award from the Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture and the Open Society Prize. She is married to architect John Samuel.

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