Epitaphs and Dreams by Patrick FitzGerald

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Mainly written in exile, while Patrick FitzGerald served as a full-time revolutionary, Epitaphs and Dreams vividly expresses the thoughts, emotions, situations, passions and challenges in the life of a liberation cadre. Struggle themes are artfully threaded through the inner-life of a lively and engaged intellect. The author is at once the militant, the romantic, the analyst and the sardonic observer - the poetry ranging from the delicate and lyrical to powerfully directed narrative cadences.

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Mainly written in exile, while Patrick FitzGerald served as a full-time revolutionary, Epitaphs and Dreams vividly expresses the thoughts, emotions, situations, passions and challenges in the life of a liberation cadre. Struggle themes are artfully threaded through the inner-life of a lively and engaged intellect. The author is at once the militant, the romantic, the analyst and the sardonic observer - the poetry ranging from the delicate and lyrical to powerfully directed narrative cadences.

Several poems poignantly memorialize fallen comrades, while others speak about partings and regret, the punishments of distance and absence, and close personal relationships whirled away in the time and tide of struggle.

The poetic voice evokes a past, but still lingering world, when ideals were important, and sacrifice and courage critical mediums of everyday existence. These poems conjure numinous traces of a time of great difficulties, but one less mercenary and more value-driven than our current era.

About the Author:

Patrick FitzGerald was born in 1954 in Gauteng, South Africa. He studied politics and philosophy at Wits University and was a founder member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company. As Vice-President of the SRC, and later General-Secretary of the National Union of South African Students, he was regularly arrested and detained. Active in the ANC underground inside the country he went into exile in Gaborone in 1979, where he joined the MEDU Art Ensemble. In 1984 he was redeployed to Lusaka as Administrative Secretary of the ANC Department of Arts and Culture, later furthering his studies at Liverpool University.

Returned from exile in 1990 he founded the Wits School of Governance and joined the democratic government as a Public Service Commissioner and a Director-General. Rejoining Higher Education in 2000 he served as Interim Vice-Chancellor at Limpopo University, founding Chair of Council for Walter Sisulu University and as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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