written by Bill F. Ndi
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.
|Dimensions||203 x 127mm|
|Publisher||Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon|
“This collection is the poet’s profound meditation on the construction of the few by the many-one, the running crowds and the lion who sets the law, and the evocation of Blake’s mythology is wonderfully grounded in a strong personal and political myth that the reader can see being played out in this suite of “Scavenger” poems. No lamb lying down for these poems: a rich vein of poetry lies in wait for the reader here as the poems spray word bullets at the prevailing doxa or political and social imagination that continues to plague nations across the world. The poems herein strike a strong chord with me, and masterfully too.”
Beornn McCarthy, Literary Studies, University of Melbourne/Deakin University
“An artistic take on the colonial forces of repression and regression akin to those in La République du Cameroun of today, Barbed Forest evokes the forceful occupation and caging in of the Forest and Grassfields Regions of British Southern Cameroons. These are acerbic pieces authoritatively delivered such that they name and shame the culprits.”
Emmanuel Fru Doh, Century College, Minnesota