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In this collection, Joseph Matose asks how the world of the living is seen and remembered by those who have died. To answer his question, he presents a range of voices – glad and sorrowful, expectant and frustrated, truthful and untruthful, lascivious, gossipy, dreamlike, ironic, cynical, moral, religious, and even claiming to be wise – purporting to come from the residents of graveyards. Between them, they paint a picture of human affairs they can observe, imagine or remember but – crucially – can no longer take part in or influence.
A world in which, although letters and words – the poet’s own tools – must be prized, they also represent the medium of lies and inaccuracies preserved on gravestones or uttered by those left behind. A world where widows and widowers too-readily relinquish faithfulness and devotion, politicians are not to be trusted, and men commit violence on wives. Nevertheless, through all these voices an overall message of hope can – just about – be heard: the poems also cite much that is to be appreciated in human life and human affairs, and end with a heartfelt celebration of the greatness of Nelson Mandela.
– Phil Vernon
|Dimensions||22.86 × 15.24 × 0.61 cm|
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