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Of Smoke Flesh and Bone

by Abigail George

Pushcart Prize-nominated Abigail George is a South African-based blogger, editor, essayist, poet, novella and short story writer. Her work has been anthologised widely, appeared numerous times in print in South Africa, online in zines based in Asia, Australia, Europe, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and across Africa in countries as diverse as Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Turkey, Uganda and Cameroon on, Bakwa, Botsotso, Itch: The Creative Journal, Jalada, New Coin, New Contrast, the New Ink Review, Nthanda Review and overseas journals

ISBN 9781779295972 | 122 pages | 210 x 148mm | 2020 | Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe | Paperback



'There is prayer on these pages; there is prayer, wisdom, tenderness and humanity. God bless this talented writer.'

Rahla Xenopoulos, Author of A Season of Glass, Tribe, Bubbles, A Memoir of Love and Madness: Living with Bipolar Disorder

'Pushcart Prize nominated Abigail George's third poetry collection is a passionate meditation on life and its attendant confusion and suffering. Forty poems explore mental illness, elusive love, and the challenging mother-daughter relationship, as dominant themes. It is a good addition to any literary book shelf.'

Cornelia Fick, Author of Eye of the Needle: And other stories

'Abigail George's poetry is fluid. She utilizes sensory vehicles to convey images both stark and subliminal. Her craft is sombre and at the same time a breath of fresh air. '

Unoma Azuah, Activist, author and educationalist

"as long as writing restores me to sanity I will keep living towards the light of doing good. On the move from the "sharks in the early, early, early morning" over a family of fellow-writers and -thinkers, to the hospital bed, to mother, father, sister, brother, and lonely cups of tea - the poems in this book are soldiers for the "spiritual warfare of art". Columns of words stream like a running commentary during a rugby or soccer match - except that the adversaries here are experiences and feelings, injuries and hopes; and the field is that delicate pitch between heart and head, with the pen batting to keep that field from being either flooded or scorched by both inner and outer weathers. A brave and intense lyrical battle for identity, sanity and love."

Silke Heissm, Poet and Artist



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