November 2018 (Original edition, 2007)
“Confirms a major voice – taut wit, tactile moment, wisdom.”– Jeremy Cronin
All that elaborates us
simplifies the world to one end.
What is simple is that we die;
it is not that the world should too.
P.R. Anderson’s second collection – which as an unfinished manuscript shared the 2003 Sanlam Literary Award – announced his arrival as a fresh and significant voice in South African poetry. Republished now for the first time in over a decade, Foundling’s Island’s journey of coasts, creatures and dreams is as tightly crafted and joyously readable as it has ever been.
A collection in which form is created and meaning maintained with the lightest of touches, to the greatest effect.
P.R. Anderson, born in 1967, studied at the Universities of Oxford and Cape Town; he currently lectures at the latter in English Language and Literature. The recipient of the 2017 Thomas Pringle Award for Poetry and the 2003 Sanlam Literary Award, he is the author of Litany Bird (2000) as well as as his latest book, In a Free State (2018), which is published alongside this re-issue by uHlanga.