Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication

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Acknowledgements

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p. vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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To the Reader

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p. ix

Except for “The Ascent” that was written in March 2007 when Bate Besong passed away, the rest of the poems in this collection were composed and published between 1973 and 1992. The collection spans three decades and cuts across Africa...

Awakening

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pp. 1-14

Sacrifice

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p. 2

Ntsi Su’ Fu

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p. 3

Mo Nkwani

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pp. 4-5

Dawn

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p. 6

Insanity

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p. 7

Birth Cry

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p. 8

Taste

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p. 9

After the Apple

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p. 10

The Traveller

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p. 11

Limbo

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p. 12

Budding Seasons

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pp. 13-14

Moonlight Spells and Wreaths

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pp. 15-36

Song I

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pp. 16-17

Song II

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pp. 18-19

Waiting

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pp. 20-21

Poet to Poet

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p. 22

Tonight

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pp. 23-24

The Scourge

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p. 25

That Cologne

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p. 26

Distance

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pp. 27-28

Freedom

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p. 29

Youth

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p. 30

Ash

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p. 31

Dance Steps

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p. 32

Twin Spirits

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p. 33

First Music Lesson

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p. 34

Departure

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p. 35

Ebony Drums

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p. 36

Laments

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pp. 37-67

Adieu Calabar

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p. 38

Survivors

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pp. 39-40

Dialogue

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pp. 41-42

Gong of Nemesis

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p. 43

Obituary

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pp. 44-45

Apocalyptic Emanations

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pp. 46-47

Return of the Exile

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pp. 48-49

Limbe I: Miscarriage

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p. 50

Limbe II: Death Throes

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p. 51

Limbe III: Crucifixion

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p. 52

Limbe IV: Purgatory

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pp. 53-54

Limbe V: Telegram

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p. 55

For Just One Banana

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pp. 56-57

Medals of Honour

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pp. 58-59

At Dawn

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pp. 60-61

Feast of Ramadan

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pp. 62-63

Song of Ethiopia

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pp. 64-67

Epilogue

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pp. 68-71

The Ascent

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pp. 69-70

Resurrection

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p. 71

Back Cover

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