Rough Music: Selected Poems 1989-2013

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Deep South, Nov 5, 2018 - Poetry - 160 pages
The night’s very restless inyanga is already by the pier,
eyes shut, pacing
and murmuring the 11th commandment of a new faith.
The beer-stained guards have exhausted their shift
umpiring since dawn the eternal struggle
between mynahs and crows by the rubbish bins.
The fishermen, past their third bottle of cane
dream of grunters, reek of shad
and complain that no ship was hooked
even though they cast their lines far in the far gardens of foam.
And there: the sea’s eyelid full of fins
the factory sirens quiet at last
the hooligan moon peers over the Bluff

and the horses of the deep get restless. 

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Contents

from Songs Shoeshine and Piano 1992
21
from Slave Trades 2000
37
from Rhythmskewed 2000 originally in Greek 1991
61
from The RDP Poems 2004
71
from The Book of Accounting 2008
111
from 80 Days Around the World the India Section 2010
121
from Insurrections 2012
141
from The Vespa Diaries
149
Klerksdorp
151
Evening Song Durban
154
Marikana
156
Back cover
161
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About the author (2018)

Ari Sitas is a distinguished sociologist, novelist, dramatist, a founder member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company, and a cultural activist celebrated for his work in popular and worker theatre. As a poet he has written eight books, and collaborated with many visual artists and musicians. His poems are passionate, politically undaunted and wide-ranging, expressed with the exploratory instinct of a jazz improviser.

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