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Jeni Couzyn, poet of the twentieth century and later, calls herself a blend of several nationalities (South African, British, and Canadian) and of many identities. She is a feminist anthologist as well as a poet, author of spare but effective literary criticism in the form of introductions and headnotes.
26 July 1942 JC was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, the youngest in a family of three daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1983 Jeni Couzyn's best-known collection of poetry, Life by Drowning: Selected Poems, was published by Toronto's House of Anansi Press. It includes the poetic sequence "A Time to Be Born", written about her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1985 JC issued through Bloodaxe a revised and expanded edition of Life by Drowning: Selected Poems (which had been published in Toronto in 1983). Bibliographic Citation link.
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