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Stem of the Moon

by Thandi Slipen

The much-anticipated sequel to the turtle dove told me (Modjaji Books, 2013), which won a SALA Award in 2014, stem of the moon is the second volume in a trilogy that spans the years 1990 - 2010.

In this collection, Sliepen paints impressions of a small town, Clarens in the Free State, as well as glimpses of life in the Netherlands and Bali. The reader shares the intimate experience of the birth of her first child and the poems take us on a profound journey through Namibia. Sliepen's latest collection is a love song to a child, a lover, a mother, and the quiet strength of the moon that connects us all.

ISBN 9781928433316 | 86 pages | 210 x 148mm | 2021 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback

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"Thandi Sliepen's poems come to us from elemental things and wonder - love poems of the body, earth, ocean, sky - from a present place where what is made and privilege pass by and broken ones have names; a poetry of place and people where images slip from line to line like clouds interwoven in a presence that is both physical and mystical."

Marike Beyers, author How to Open the Door and curator at Amazwi SA Museum of Literature in Makhanda (Grahamstown)

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