Stephen Watson



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Stephen Watson

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born
in Cape Town, South Africa
November 06, 1954

died
April 10, 2011

gender
male

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Stephen Watson was a South African poet.

Most of his poetry is about the city of Cape Town, where he lived most of his life. He was a professor in English at the University of Cape Town. He was also the Director of the Writing Centre there, and one of the founders of the Creative Writing Program.

Creatively, he believed that that poetry and literature can stand on their own and need not refer to politics, or the struggle for liberation, in order to be valid. He took a strong stand on poetic relativism, believing it was possible and desirable to differentiate between "good" and "bad" poetry - a stance that has drawn criticism.

As a literary critic, Watson suggested that "South Africa is held together by a nexus of peoples 'dreaming' each other...more


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A City Imagined
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The Music In The Ice: on wr...
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Cape Town - A City Imagined...
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2012
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In This City
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1986
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Song of the Broken String: ...
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Cape Town - A City Imagined
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The Light Echo & Other Poem...
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The Other City: Selected Po...
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A Writer's Diary
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Presence of the Earth: New ...
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