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Fourth Child

by Megan Hall

Fourth Child won the 2008 Ingrid Jonker prize for a debut volume of poetry.

Megan Hall's first collection of poems, Fourth Child, has the texture of a carefully wrought, hand-stitched garment. It is something you want to bury your face in, like the familiar scented fabric of an item of clothing that belonged to a beloved who is gone. The Poems combine a dark humour and terrible grief with a lightness and restrained sensuality. Her language has the qualities of dance: uninhibited and polished, accomplished and vivid. Fourth Child shows a poet courageously facing deep feelings while being committed to accurate writing, making beautiful and living things out of the fabric of loss, grief, and emptiness.

ISBN 9780980272901 | 56 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2008 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback



"Her poems - of love and loss - are delicate and powerful. They keep their poise, close to the bone."

Robin Malan

"The poems in Fourth Child steal upon the reader like a leopard. The tone of the volume is unassuming at times matter-of-fact; it both shields and deepens, and works to control what could easily be runaway emotions. It is an intriguing volume which ensures it will be read again and again."

Rustum Kozain



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