Colleen Crawford Cousins
A striking true voice, which is also warm, wise, rich, full of humour and sadness, and some quirkiness.
Unlikely is a collection of poems by Colleen Crawford Cousins written over decades of reading and writing poetry. The collection is a distillation of a quiet, powerful voice that is an offering of love in a world and life that has been filled with light and anguish.
Colleen Crawford Cousins returned to South Africa in 1991 and began to live in the Afterwards. She consults nationally as a trainer, facilitator, writer and editor. She has been published in New Coin, Aerodrome, African Writing online and Stray. She is also the author of A Hundred Furrows, The Land Struggle in Zimbabwe 1890-1990 and a co-author of Lwaano Lwanyika, Tonga Book of the Earth.
“Wry narratives, stored for decades, distilled and reclaimed fleeting feelings and feelings made to last in their weird word forms, meet and fitting.”
“In acutely observed poems, imbued with surprising geographies of imagery and tinged with irony, Crawford Cousins maps out the spaces between immensity and confinement, where people struggle with each other and themselves for a sense of fulfilment and belonging.”
“A quiet yet powerful and at times disturbing collection of poems that engage emotion and memory, and speak to central relationships, in ways that surprise and sometimes unsettle. The emotional landscape that Cousins creates is both familiar and surprising, which lovers of poetry will enjoy visiting.”
“Unlikely is an impressive, well-crafted volume, with a strong sense of authenticity in the poems.”