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Marion Baxter 1945-2002
spent much of her childhood in Zambia and Zimbabwe. She later had a long and varied working life: as an English teacher in township classrooms in the Ciskei and Eastern Cape, as a publications assistant in Cape Town, and as a secretary in a Pietermaritzburg industrial concern and bookshop. She found a home in Grahamstown in later life, where she worked for Andrew Tracey at the International Library of African Music. She then edited the Icthos newsletter for Rhodes University's JLB Smith Institute and went on to edit publications at the Institute for the Study of English in Africa.
       Marion won the Cosmo/Vita short story award in 1995, and her short stories and poems were featured in various publications, including New Coin. Her stories and poems are all based on experiences and people in her "home territory" of the Eastern Cape. She was featured in Juta's recent Writers of the Eastern Cape anthology, which was published late in 2003.
       Leaving behind a large body of unpublished material, and two sons, Marion succumbed to breast cancer on 21st July, 2002. Her son Gareth Pike is now working through his mother's many unpublished manuscripts, from which these poems were selected.
 

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  • Falling Back (18/05/2005)
  • Untitled (18/05/2005)

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