“A jolly good book, whereon to look, is better to me than gold”

Holding Back

Holding Back


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Holding Back

New and Selected Poems
by Gus Ferguson

Gus Ferguson is a South African poet and cartoonist. He was born in Scotland in 1940, but moved with his parents to South Africa aged 9.
He has published eight collections of poems, two books of cartoons and two books for children. Up until 2011, he ran Snailpress, a small imprint invaluable as a vehicle for aspiring poets. He lives in Cape Town and edits the poetry journal, Carapace.

“With a few magical strokes of the pen—in both his poetry and cartoons—Gus Ferguson gives us a unique vision of the world. His
whimsical musings on aspects of living and loving, on growing old and enlightenment, and the lot of spouses, poets and publishers, combine wit and wisdom, playfulness and also profundity. His is a truly original and universal voice, a vital contribution to South
African poetry.”

~ Marcia Leveson

“Every so often someone comes along who significantly adds to the lifeblood of the tradition by giving to it so much more than they take from it. Gus Ferguson’s contribution through his poetry magazines and imprints has made an enormous difference to other writers.”

~ Douglas Reid Skinner

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Weight 136 g
Dimensions 21 × 13.5 × 0.8 cm





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