n New Coin Poetry - In the Heat of Shadows: South African Poetry 1996-2013, Denis Hirson (Ed.) : review
|Article Title||In the Heat of Shadows: South African Poetry 1996-2013, Denis Hirson (Ed.) : review|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||New Coin Poetry|
|Author||Tlhalo Sam Raditlhalo|
|Publication Date||Dec 2014|
|Pages||202 - 209|
Denis Hirson, the South African poet now living in France, has once again edited an anthology of poetry, this one spanning the years 1996-2013. Prior to this anthology, Hirson edited The Lava of This Land: South African Poetry 1960-1996 (Northwestern University, 1997). This present anthology, with 135 poems from 32 poets, arose as a result of the Festival international de poètes en Val de Marne held between 24 May and 2 June 2013. The organisers, impressed by the readings of the South African contingent who had attended the festival, proposed a French anthology devoted to South African poetry, which Hirson offered to edit. This resulted in the anthology Pas des blessure, pas d'histoire (November 2013), a special issue of the literary journal Bachannales, whose editors, as Hirson says in his Introduction, gave him 'a free hand in constituting the French anthology which was made in tandem with this one.'
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