87pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017
Michael Cope was born in 1952 in Cape Town, where he still lives. He has published three novels (one with Ken Barris), two volumes of poetry and a memoir.
"Few poets can work language to beauty quite like Michael Cope. This profoundly meditative volume combines the gifts of sage and master craftsman and is an important addition to South African literature in the 21st century." Fiona Zerbst, author of "Oleander" and "Time and Again"
"The strength of Micahel Cope's poems lies in the range of light and shade his brushstrokes create on the canvas of the page. 'The Craft' can be seen as a collection of 'paintings' that deepen the reader's experience of language and the world. Cope's voice is spirited and malleable, yet also determined. 'The Craft' consolidates and already significant reputation." Rethabile Masilo, co-editor of "Canopic Jar"