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Adèle Ogiér Jones / Counting the Chiperoni

  • Adèle Ogiér Jones /  Counting the Chiperoni
Chiperoni: term for a kind of fog, drizzle rain, experienced in the Shire Highlands of southern Malawi during the cold, dry season; name derived from Mount Chiperone, an isolated mountain peak at the southern extremity of East African mountain ranges, covered with montane forests and surrounded by deciduous woodlands.
Adèle Ogiér Jones wrote Counting the Chiperoni between 2017 and 18, largely in Malawi. The collection is grouped in three sections – chiperoni; bush and plantation; and its people - moving between local people’s memories rewritten here as poems, and the writer’s own reflections on present-day life, work and customs affected by environmental, economic and social change.
‘The sinuous rhythms and arresting imagery in Counting the Chiperoni take us on journeys through landscape and time, along lines of history - political and colonial, personal and cultural. Colourful, soulful and prismatic, here is a kind of pilgrimage through poetry itself. From elegant, observational sonnet to mellifluous prose poem, each piece is a small, bright study in care for language and its power to illuminate deeper truths about change and its cost.’ - Kim Kelly, author of the acclaimed novella Wild Chicory
978 1 76041 741 3, 92pp




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