Seasonal Fires

Seasonal Fires

New and Selected Poems

By Ingrid De Kok

Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583227183, 186pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2006


Ingrid de Kok's first book to be published in the United States is also the first volume to demonstrate the variety and continuity of de Kok’s work over the last 25 years. In South Africa and internationally, readers have recognized and responded to de Kok’s deeply developed sense of compassion. South Africa’s most lucid and composed voice in contemporary poetry, she shares her ability to interweave the intensely personal world with the politically panoramic. Ingrid de Kok is one of the few poets to successfully broach the burden of tragedy revealed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and the ceaseless ravaging of the AIDS pandemic. In doing so, "she captures, in the most delicate and individual terms, devastating phenomena" (Antjie Krog).

About the Author
Ingrid de Kok is author of several published collections of poetry, co-compiler and editor of another two books, Spring Is Rebellious and City in Words: Poems on Cape Town. As an academic she has contributed chapters and articles to various journals, while her poetry has been included in 14 South African anthologies and 11 international anthologies; her work has also appeared in Italian, Japanese, French, and Dutch translation and has regularly been featured in a variety of literary journals, both in South Africa and abroad.