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Ice Cream Headache in my Bone

by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

In this, her third collection of poetry, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers invokes images of past and present with hypnotic clarity, summoning the heart and heat of memory – painful and happy alike – with the distinct musicality and visceral punch she is known for. Some poems invite contemplation. Question and provoke. Others are elegiac, moments for reverence in a rich, diverse collection that both spans decades and pauses to revel in the intensity and beauty of a single moment. In liquid form that incorporates prose and poetry, de Villiers fearlessly confronts and disrupts, dipping into a wellspring of images that are euphoric and horrifying. At once prophetic and playful, ice cream headache in my bone is an exploration and celebration of language, a definitive collection that yields and responds, burns and soothes, all the while, calling to a longing for truth, and a tongue not tempered by oppression or pain.

ISBN 9781928215325 | 82 pages | 210 x 148 mm | 2017 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9781928215417


“Uncommonly well-structured poems – mixing verse and prose, pushing the boundaries of form – which resonate with lives of their own. These are not poems to read in a rush. One needs to sit down and enjoy them or else you will end up missing the cream of the poems.”

Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho, author of A Traumatic Revenge and The Violent Gestures of Life

“The poetry of Yaa De Villiers invites you to watch her wrestle with the inverses and anti-climaxes of life and her enchanted embrace of its harmonies and ecstasies.”

Mphutlane wa Bofelo, author of The Heart’s Interpreter, Remembrance and Salutations, Bluesology and Bofelosophy



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