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The Canary's Songbook

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The sea roaring softly 7. I Broken bits of the past 11 Knocking series 12 That house 14 When you're older you'll understand 15 Seance 16 Shrines 17 Treasure trail 18 Stones for my pockets 19 The poem each woman poet writes 20 Men wear the secret masks 21 Living children and dead children 22. II In Jakob's house 25. III Ox blood poisons the ground with longing 31 Visiting home 32 He can't explain 33 Outside and inside the temple 34 Corruption - a lexicon 35 Evolution: details 36 How her mother prepared her 37 Engineers of dreams 39. IV In the cradle of humankind 43 Every revolution begins in the streets 44 Tannie Lettie plays the guitar 45 Prometheus resigns from the Party 46 Only a good man 47 The personal assistant 48 Redistributing it 49 Preparing to govern 50 Oral tradition 51 Shopping 52 Stop child abuse 53 Wind parted the buildings 54 Three-stringed necklace 55 So very sick 56 Triptych 57 Flakes of the light falling 58. V Book 63. VI It seems that if you write 69 This other place 70 In doorways 71 Between them 72 In my sleep 73 The hurting pillow 74 Cured 75. VII Walking songs for Africans abroad 79 Everywhere in the Duomo 83 Globalisation 1 84 Globalisation 2 85 Letters to the president 86 Distantly heard signals 88 Aching 89 Collioure, September 2001 91 Soft 92 Apprehension, north 93 A certain history 94 Wednesday morning in the Cafe Caprice 95 He is often mentioned in books 96 Reaching Siran 97 Translation rights 98 Ends that hang over the lake 99 The work the poets do 100 The canary's songbook 101

About the Author

Born in Cape Town, KAREN PRESS has worked as a teacher of mathematics and English, and with a range of independent projects developing models of progressive education. She has published seven collections of poetry and has written textbooks and other education materials in the fields of mathematics, science, economics and English, as well as children?s stories, a film script and stories for newly literate adults. In 1987 she co-founded the publishing collective Buchu Books. She now works as a freelance editor and writer, and is an associate of the national advice and information support service for South African writers, The Writers? Network, which she helped to establish.

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