Poems and prose pieces of war and civil conflict.
Love. Song. Loss. Exile. Journeys. War's folly. Figures in urban and rural landscapes. Wilderness. Simple pictures of life. Shades of the human condition. Pathos. Poignancy. The joy in small things. Light. The colours of Africa.
The completed work seems to be a jewelled quilt, one that glows in the dark, rippling in a dune-movement of lyricism.
“These are arguably the most important anthologies of poetry to ever come out of South Africa.” Read the review.
“Africa Ablaze! is an ambitious work. Nothing published to date matches this collection for its scope and commitment to arranging a choir of competing voices. Schonstein's work is to be commended. Her notable eye for detail and constant, panopticon gaze is impressive.”
“Africa, Ablaze! is an incredibly important poetry anthology. It is a powerful work of art and history, and is very moving.”
“A greatly admirable collection of wide-ranging, hard-hitting writing.”