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Azanian Love Song

Don Mattera

Publication Year: 2011

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.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title page

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Copyright page

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Contents

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pp. iii-v

About Don Mattera

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pp. vi-

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Introduction

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pp. vii-viii

... I think the time is ripe for an essay in appreciation of this ageless literary activist who makes music with his poetry. To hear his resonant voice speak his poetry is also to wish that he would make tape recordings of his reading. He is a natural poet. ‘Natural’ because he doesn’t strain at a vocabulary of resistance or engage in verbal gymnastics to impress his reader. ...

Blood River

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pp. 1-

Day of thunder

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pp. 2-

Sophiatown

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pp. 3-

I feel a poem

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pp. 4-

The Day they came for our House

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pp. 5-6

Submission

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pp. 7-

I saw a man

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pp. 9-

Demented

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pp. 10-

Ashamed

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pp. 11-

Protea

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pp. 12-

Vietnam

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pp. 13-

Friday night

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pp. 14-

On a man hanging

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pp. 15-

Let the children decide

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pp. 16-

Mine workers’ song

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pp. 17-

Black plum

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pp. 18-

Man to man

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pp. 19-

At least

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pp. 20-

For a cent

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pp. 21-

The sun has died

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pp. 22-

Cry of Cain

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pp. 23-

Departure

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pp. 24-

Sowing and Reaping

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pp. 25-

Futility

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pp. 26-

Gelvandale

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pp. 27-

Weave

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pp. 28-

Degrees

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pp. 29-

Lament

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pp. 30-

Weekend

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pp. 31-

Quest

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pp. 32-

Strange rhythm

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pp. 33-

Limitation

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pp. 34-

I am not there

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pp. 35-

Blackness blooms

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pp. 36-

Journey

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pp. 37-

Burning train

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pp. 38-

Offering

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pp. 39-

Fallen fruit

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pp. 40-

Truth

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pp. 41-

And yet

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pp. 42-

After the flowering

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pp. 43-

I watched

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pp. 44-

You would know

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pp. 45-

No time, Black man

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pp. 46-

They think us happy

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pp. 47-

Comparison

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pp. 48-

Expectation

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pp. 49-

Embryo

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pp. 50-

Even I

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pp. 51-

Remember

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pp. 52-

Final hour

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pp. 53-

Child

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pp. 54-58

Old woman

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pp. 59-

The poet must die

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pp. 60-

Do you remember

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pp. 61-

Of reason and discovery

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pp. 62-63

Tokologo

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pp. 64-65

Contamination

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pp. 66-

Mystery

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pp. 67-

I am

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pp. 68-

First victim

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pp. 69-

At the mortuary

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pp. 70-

Heat of our chains

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pp. 71-72

If we seek to be free

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pp. 73-

Azanian Love Song

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pp. 74-

No children

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pp. 75-76

Curfew

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pp. 77-

A new time

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pp. 78-

I stood

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pp. 79-

Sobukwe

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pp. 80-

I am infinite

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pp. 81-

I sing

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pp. 82-

Dry your eyes

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pp. 83-

Shadows deepen

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pp. 84-

Ordeal

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pp. 85-

Sea and sand

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pp. 86-

Sea of shadows

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pp. 87-

New vision

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pp. 88-

Dying ground

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pp. 89-

Singing fools

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pp. 90-

Deluge

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pp. 91-

Softly

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pp. 92-

Morning

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pp. 93-

Your gift

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pp. 94-

Kumbaya

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pp. 95-

Elegy for Beirut

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pp. 96-

Freedom Fighters

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pp. 97-

Sometimes

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pp. 98-

Giovanni

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pp. 99-

Our sons, our daughters

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pp. 100-

Zimbabwean Love Song

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pp. 101-

Bitter seed

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pp. 102-

Salute the warrior

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pp. 103-104

Namibian Love Song

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pp. 105-

A gift of words

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pp. 106-107

I am nothing

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pp. 108-109

Exiles

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pp. 110-111

I will think of you

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pp. 112-

A Song for Mandela

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pp. 113-114

We have been here before

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pp. 115-116

Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780981439860
Print-ISBN-13: 9780620394864

Page Count: 128
Publication Year: 2011