A Hundred Silences


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by Gabeba Baderoon

In this eloquent and tender collection of poems, an exciting new voice in South African writing explores the unique silences, memories and secrets found in every room. From the quiet, gnawing loneliness of hotel rooms (‘Sleeping in hotels’) to the ache and longing created by absence (‘love is in the going away’), these poems consider all silences, including those found between words, and how anger can spark ‘the taste of blood never too far . . . eyes watchful/heavy as bruises’. A Hundred Silences is the third collection of poetry by Baderoon – recipient of the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry in 2005.