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Collective Amnesia

Author: Koleka Putuma

Published by: Manyano Media


The best-selling debut collection from one of the country’s most acclaimed young voices marks a massive shift in South African poetry. Koleka Putuma’s exploration of blackness, womanhood and history in Collective Amnesia is fearless and unwavering. Her incendiary poems demand justice, insist on visibility and offer healing. In them, Putuma explores the idea of authority in various spaces – academia, religion, politics, relationships – to ask what has been learnt and what must be unlearnt. Through grief and memory, pain and joy, sex and self-care, Collective Amnesia is a powerful appraisal, reminder and revelation of all that has been forgotten and ignored, both in South African society, and within ourselves.

Winner of the 2018 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

Commended for the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize

City Press Book of the Year 2017

A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2017

First edition, first printing, April 2017, uHlanga

Second edition published: November 2020

116 pages

200mm x 130mm x 12mm

ISBN: 978-0-620-90736-1


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