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Poetry here emphasizes personal reactions to tragic circumstances. Gyukics' neo-absurdist ennui suggests Satrean nausea: Goldner and Malanga's gently elegiac works speak to a more immediate sense of loss. Elizabeth Weaver's poetry documents images of quiet despair leavened with humor, while Cliff Harris' cathartic, expressionistic work reveals a streak of anger in love. Serote, a prominent African statesman, provides a historical sense of the social tragedies which have long beset South Africa, while Vinkenoog, speaking at a poetic council in Amsterdam, updates a classic manifesto for joy.
Mongane Wally Serote