In summer, a time of plenty,
I spread leaves like puzzle pieces.
I want to create an Eden forever green.
Recreate that moment between man and serpent.
The breeze is disobedient, and the leaves fleet away like dust.
With exquisite clarity and poise, Nondwe Mpuma’s debut collection guides us through dreamscapes of ritual, harvest and destitution – of tornado-stricken villages, mythical beings, and the eternally evanescent promise of love.
Grounded by understated and precise verse, Mpuma weaves together the spiritual and the natural with effortless, imagistic flair. In Peach Country there is celebration, mourning, meditation, prayer, exploration, impatience and joy; throughout, however, Mpuma maintains an open-eyed wonder at the entirety of existence, viewed from her particular, and particularly enchanting, corner of the world.
With dreamy cover art from Shakil Solanki, Peach County will take you on an equally dreamy journey through landscapes of tornado-stricken villages, mythical beings, and the eternally evanescent promise of love.