This is the first extended treatment of the work of Douglas Livingstone,
who is generally recognised both in his own country and abroad as South Africa's leading contemporary poet.
In a penetrating study Michael Chapman moves from close textual analysis
of individual poems to a consideration of Livingstone's relationship to South
African poetry as a whole and to a wider tradition of English poetry.
This is a fascinating and carefully considered account of the achievement
of a poet who, over twenty years, has ‘more than any other, given South African
poetry a voice thoroughly and naturally modern'.
ISBN 0 949937 84 3
Douglas Livingstone: Selected Poems
Douglas Livingstone has won both local and
international acclaim. His Africa of animals, veld, rivers, and
vulnerable human beings reflects a subcontinent in transition: from a colonial past in the 1960s, through
political tension in the 1970s and 80s, to the 1990 and new challenges of
contemporary times. At the same time
Livingstone, a scientist by profession, embraced internationalism: love, desire, urban loneliness, humour, the
dreams and nightmares of individuals in a puzzling universe. He won the prestigious CNA award in 1984 for
his first Selected Poems, an edition
long out of print.
This new Selected Poems revisits the poet's 40-year career, covering six
collections as well as previously unpublished poems. It has the advantage of the wider
perspective, and is able to celebrate Livingstone's life achievement. As editor Michael Chapman says in his
introductory tribute, ‘...Livingstone's commitment to Africa is to its endurance: to the health of its water, to its
possibility of physical, human and spiritual renewal'.
Douglas Livingstone died in
1996. The new Selected Poems makes available, again, the work of a major talent.
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ISBN 0 86852 230 9