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Burnt Offering

Joan Metelerkamp

Publication Year: 2010

Burnt Offering is Joan Metelerkamp's seventh colllection of poems. The title comes from a poem in a cycle that embodies the labours of the medieval alchemists - heating and burning, transformation of passionate intensity, the search for an enduring element. In the process malignant doubt is burnt off, and what takes its place is trust in the everyday: "take this day, here, take it all its clarity, all its gold" - Like all of Metelerkamp's work, these generous poems draw on and weave together, with her distinctive energy and passion, the details of family and rural life, dreams, landscapes and journeys.

Published by: African Books Collective

Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Prologue

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pp. 11-

Points on Poems

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pp. 12-21

Penelope

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pp. 22-27

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Alchemical Incantations

The central image of alchemy is the idea of the opus. The alchemist thought of himself as committed to a sacred work – a search for the supreme and ultimate value…. After the prima materia has been found, it has to submit to a series of chemical procedures in order to be transformed…. There is no exact number of alchemical operations, and...

Burning

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pp. 31-32

Burnt offering

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pp. 33-35

Dissolving in its own water

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pp. 36-37

Down to earth

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pp. 39-40

Incarnate

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pp. 41-42

Rock

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pp. 43-

The Hill

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pp. 44-

Where are you

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pp. 45-

Bury the dead

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pp. 46-47

Sorting it out

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pp. 48-

Marry Maree

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pp. 49-

Come together

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pp. 50-

Intact

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pp. 51-

Believing

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pp. 52-

Body of work

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pp. 53-54

Came back wanting

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pp. 57-64

Twee Rivieren

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pp. 65-69

Crossing the Crocodile

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pp. 70-89

Notes and Acknowledgements

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pp. 91-94

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781920397159
Print-ISBN-13: 9780980272949

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2010

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