April 18, 2013 6:30pm
Join acclaimed South African poet Antjie Krog and guest poets to celebrate the publication of Antjie’s first collection of poetry published in North America, Skinned.
Thursday, April 18th at 6:30pm
Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street (between Greenwich and Washington St)
New York, NY 10013
A, C, E, 1 to Canal Street
Antjie Krog has long been considered one of the most important poetic voices of contemporary South Africa. Her language beautifully evokes the passion, pride, anger, and confusion felt for her homeland and its complex history. Skinned, which gathers poems from ten of Krog’s published collections over a span of thirty years, is a one-of-a-kind collection representing her entire career as a poet. It is Krog’s first volume to be published in North America and features poems newly translated into English and unpublished until now.
As Antjie Krog says in her introduction,
“Three themes have fingerprinted my work for four decades: politics and the land, family and love, and the being-ness of the poet. This volume attempts to present a kaleidoscope of how these themes changed and developed in the course of ten volumes against the background of profound political and social changes within South Africa.”
Antjie Krog has published twelve volumes of Afrikaans poetry and she has won virtually all the literary prizes available in Afrikaans, including the esteemed Hertzog prize, the Dutch/ Flemish prize Reina Prinsen Geerligs, and the Eugene Marais prize for the best young poet. Her poetry has been translated into Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Arabic, but not until now has it been published in America.