Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, About the Poet, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Table of Contents

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pp. iii-iv

Acknowledgment

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

I began writing poetry some thirty-five years ago and so by 1990 I had quite a sizeable collection. But I remained for the most part a closet writer, even though I would in 1977 send out one of my first poems entitled “The Betrayed Town” and it would be accepted for publication in The Anthology of Unpublished Poets, Riverview, Florida. This and my father’s ecstatic response to my endeavors encouraged me to...

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xvi

I really enjoyed perusing Roselyne Jua’s collection of what, for want of a more illuminating expression, may be described as a rich variety of poems in which she sings to the tune of the music of her own soul on subjects as diverse as nature, nostalgia, prostitution, the sense of loss, exploitation, nonchalance, and so forth...

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An Appreciation

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pp. xvii-xviii

In a world where the lurid and dramatic have become the standard fare in representations of Africa, it is refreshing to read poems such as Roselyn Jua’s which depict the continent as a land of ordinary people, living ordinary lives, partaking in the ordinary nostalgias and anxieties, the everyday joys and sorrows that beset ordinary people everywhere in the world. Perhaps, the truly remarkable, distinguishing feature of the...

Going to farm

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pp. 1-2

Justice

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pp. 3-28

Excess Baggage

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pp. 4-29

Meanings

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pp. 5-30

Camouflage

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pp. 6-31

Vigilance

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pp. 7-32

Lost and Found

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pp. 7-8

I saw a woodpecker today

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pp. 9-35

My poor pencil, My poor self

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pp. 10-36

Changing

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pp. 11-37

The Betrayed Town

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pp. 11-12

The Tunnel

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pp. 12-40

Taboo

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pp. 13-41

A Lament

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pp. 13-14

Damned

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pp. 14-15

Panda Games

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pp. 15-46

Up the hill

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pp. 16-47

The Lodge

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pp. 17-18

The River

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pp. 18-19

Fare-well

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pp. 20-21

Le Bosquet

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pp. 22-23

Midnight Girl

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pp. 23-56

Menchum

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pp. 23-24

Mother Nyos

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pp. 25-59

The Kola-Nut

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pp. 26-60

Ode to Farmers

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pp. 27-28

Africa in Miniature

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pp. 29-30

Whitesands of Mombassa

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pp. 31-32

The Rainmaker

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pp. 32-33

A New Day

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pp. 34-69

Call me

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pp. 35-36

Call me: A variation

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pp. 37-38

Election fragments

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pp. 39-74

A Perfect Setting

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pp. 40-41

A Lament II

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pp. 42-43

Lawino’s daughter’s song

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pp. 44-46

The Letter

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pp. 47-48

Dance of the Vampire

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pp. 49-84

Waves

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pp. 50-87

Back Cover

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pp. 88-88