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Azanian Love Song
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Donato Francesco Mattera has been celebrated as a journalist, editor, writer and poet. He is also acknowledged as one of the foremost activists in the struggle for a democratic South Africa, and helped to found both the Union of Black Journalists, the African Writer's Association and the Congress of South African Writers. Born in 1935 in Western Native Township (now Westbury) across the road from Sophiatown, Mattera can lay claim to an intriguingly diverse lineage: his paternal grandfather was Italian, and he has Tswana, Khoi-Khoi and Xhosa blood in his veins.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. About Don Mattera
  2. p. vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Blood River
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  1. Day of thunder
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  1. Sophiatown
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  1. I feel a poem
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  1. The Day they came for our House
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Submission
  2. p. 7
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  1. Fall
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  1. I saw a man
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  1. Demented
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  1. Ashamed
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  1. Protea
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  1. Vietnam
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  1. Friday night
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  1. On a man hanging
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  1. Let the children decide
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  1. Mine workers’ song
  2. p. 17
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  1. Black plum
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  1. Man to man
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  1. At least
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  1. For a cent
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  1. The sun has died
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  1. Cry of Cain
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  1. Departure
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  1. Sowing and Reaping
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  1. Futility
  2. p. 26
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  1. Gelvandale
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  1. Weave
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  1. Degrees
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  1. Lament
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  1. Weekend
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  1. Quest
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  1. Strange rhythm
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  1. Limitation
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  1. I am not there
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  1. Blackness blooms
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  1. Journey
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  1. Burning train
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  1. Offering
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  1. Fallen fruit
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  1. Truth
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  1. And yet
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  1. After the flowering
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  1. I watched
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  1. You would know
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  1. No time, Black man
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  1. They think us happy
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  1. Comparison
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  1. Expectation
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  1. Embryo
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  1. Even I
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  1. Remember
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  1. Final hour
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  1. Child
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  1. Old woman
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  1. The poet must die
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  1. Do you remember
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  1. Of reason and discovery
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. Tokologo
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Contamination
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  1. Mystery
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  1. I am
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  1. First victim
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  1. At the mortuary
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  1. Heat of our chains
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  1. If we seek to be free
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  1. Azanian Love Song
  2. p. 74
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  1. No children
  2. pp. 75-76
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  1. Curfew
  2. p. 77
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  1. A new time
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  1. I stood
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  1. Sobukwe
  2. p. 80
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  1. I am infinite
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  1. I sing
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  1. Dry your eyes
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  1. Shadows deepen
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  1. Ordeal
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  1. Sea and sand
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  1. Sea of shadows
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  1. New vision
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  1. Dying ground
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  1. Singing fools
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  1. Deluge
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  1. Softly
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  1. Morning
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  1. Your gift
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  1. Kumbaya
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  1. Elegy for Beirut
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  1. Freedom Fighters
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  1. Sometimes
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  1. Giovanni
  2. p. 99
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  1. Our sons, our daughters
  2. p. 100
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  1. Zimbabwean Love Song
  2. p. 101
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  1. Bitter seed
  2. p. 102
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  1. Salute the warrior
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. Namibian Love Song
  2. p. 105
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  1. A gift of words
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. I am nothing
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. Exiles
  2. pp. 110-111
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  1. I will think of you
  2. p. 112
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  1. A Song for Mandela
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. We have been here before
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. Back cover
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