Barbed Forest draws from the socio-political character of society—specific societies sometimes. It navigates its way from the political to the familial and ultimately personal concerns of humankind before projecting the positive “humanist vision” of which the poet cum freedom songster dreams.
ISBN 9789956764778 Pages 120 Dimensions 203 x 127mm Published 2017 Publisher Langaa RPCIG, (...)
Magnus Opus: A Tribute to Ntarikon is a scathing indictment of the political status quo in the Republic of Cameroon where the ruling party, the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM), rides roughshod over the populace. In this long poem, Vakunta cries out poignantly against social dystopia and the deplorable moments lived by members of the Social Democratic Front (SDF) at Ntarikon Park on May 26, 1990. One cannot read this poem without feeling the despair and helplessness experienced (...)
In this collection, Doh straddles the Atlantic with voices that doubt, question, and lament the black predicament; voices that evoke the wisdom of Africa’s cultural values in a manner reminiscent of the continent’s orality. Like the echoing of the talking drums in the forests and the savannahs, these voices acknowledge the challenges and vexing truths of the hour: the plight of a people that have been buffeted repeatedly by waves of invasion, deceit, and betrayals, yet against which onslaught (...)
This collection is both poetry and a reflection on poetry, on the creative process. In deceptively minimalist style characteristic of seasoned bards and a diction charged with intricate conceits, John Ngong Kum Ngong launches a scathing onslaught on the ruling barons of post-colonial nations who have privatised the nations’ wealth and power.
ISBN 9789956764020 Pages 86 Dimensions 203 x 127mm Published (...)
As memorable for the beauty of his descriptions as for his poetic vision, in these poems Mwangwegho captures the tenderness of Malawi and the fragility of it, as well as exploring the depths of our universal lives. In three sections, Shadows of Footsteps, takes us to corners of the past, to a view of shared African experience and to a space where internal freedoms speak. The journey is wild in parts, but graceful in completion.
ISBN 9789956763320 (...)
Gravitas: Poetic Consciencism for Cameroon is the poet’s requiem for the geographical expression code-named Cameroon. Vakunta speaks with the audacity of a daredevil and the certitude of a seer. This long poem has the twin virtues of gravity and clarity of purpose. The poet eschews the banality and sophistry characteristic of poetry for poetry’s sake. Passion, sarcasm, and incisive irony are the hallmarks of this long didactic poem. The poet subscribes to Salman Rushdie’s pronouncement that a (...)
Lorsqu’un anglophone prend le défi d’écrire en français et pour ceux qui estiment avoir le monopole du français, ce qui en résulte doit titiller le lecteur. Il s’agit de la poésie née de la plume de Bill F. Ndi. N’étant pas son premier recueil en français, La croisée des chemins : noir ou noirci ? frappe par l’usage que le poète fait des mots pour l’image des maux qu’ils représentent à fin de conscientiser le lecteur de ses propres méfaits. L’emploi de mots dans chaque vers est juste, à propos. Sur le plan (...)
Pearls of Awareness contains poems of lyrical pleasure and spiritual upliftment. Its themes of ego-less awareness and awakening wisdom borrows from Buddhist mythical and mysterious teachings, African traditions and Christian Biblical teachings about the interconnectedness of all life, transcending boundaries of self and other, human, tree or animal, the living, the (un)placeable, the dead. The speaker’s lyrical insights are comforting, even when mysterious, and because of their tone (...)
Psalm of the Oppressed is satire that uses sheep and hyenas to show exploitation relationships among people. It lampoons political corruption based on nepotism, greed, cronyism, egoism and myopia. Some strategies are introduced which all oppressed people can apply to bring about change. For, example the book admonishes all those oppressed to cultivate the culture of doubting and questioning things instead of accepting them hook, line, and sinker. It questions the status quo that seems to (...)
Pride Aside and Other Poems rattles the brain as it blurs thematic boundaries. Even though Bill F. Ndi’s poems seem to clearly draw inspiration from everyday life, almost all the poems are structured as sonnets. Through the lines of the various poems in this collection, influences of poets from different schools of poetic creativity and streams of inspiration resonate. They bring to mind the metaphysical poets, the Romantics, the Symbolists, the Confessionalists, poets of the Beat (...)