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Forty Acres and a Mule
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These travelerís impressions across cultural and psychological spaces portray the two sides of this coin called life, oftentimes belligerent toward each other. In casting light on that dream of total freedom and the daunting contradictions inherent in its being and attainment, they represent a dialectic in our seemingly unending journey toward the shadow of the good life as we ceaselessly jettison virtue against vice. At a level, they confront a certain tyranny of thought, in more ways than one, challenging us to go beyond the comfort of our ideas and our upbringing and to dare to look at the world in ways hitherto only dreamed of. Another way this challenge is portrayed is in regard to language and the cannons of poetry. Because literary writing in this so-called global society may rightfully be considered as war by other means, the reader will quickly observe the, literally, take-no-prisoner approach embedded in many of the pieces ñ the generalized despondency on the ground and the unprecedented cacophony of voices in the ëglobal villageí calling for nothing less. The general conclusion of these poems would be the deferment ñ promise of living even as they constitute a heightened harkening for us to live beyond existence.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Author’s Note
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. The Promise
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Epasa Moto
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Epitaph (The Torch)
  2. pp. 2-12
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  1. Solidarity
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. The Heart
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. Nature’s Honeymoon
  2. pp. 4-16
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  1. Nature’s Honeymoon – Sequel
  2. pp. 5-17
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  1. Come and See (America Wonder)
  2. pp. 6-18
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  1. Nothing (Tribute to Lumumba-Malcom X)
  2. pp. 7-19
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  1. The Good Ol’ Days
  2. pp. 8-20
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  1. Idea
  2. pp. 9-21
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  1. Northern Beach
  2. pp. 10-22
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  1. Parent
  2. pp. 11-23
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  1. The Sextroversy
  2. pp. 12-24
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  1. Fantasy Flight
  2. pp. 13-25
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  1. My Lords
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Downside Up
  2. pp. 14-28
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  1. Speak Now, or Forever…
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. Dream Deferred
  2. pp. 17-31
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  1. White Prison
  2. pp. 17-32
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  1. By Bread Alone
  2. pp. 18-33
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  1. My Chief
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. The Curse
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. Air Fight (The Sword, the Word)
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. 1992
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Freedom Brand
  2. pp. 22-41
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  1. Cheerleaders
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. Neighbours on Freedom Street
  2. pp. 24-43
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  1. 49th Parallel Blues
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Wooing in Hollywood!
  2. pp. 26-46
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  1. Victims
  2. pp. 27-47
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  1. Mu-ngang
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. The Captive
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. No Nobel Testament
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Expat (Search for an African)
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Crocodile Tears
  2. pp. 32-56
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  1. Dedan
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. A Comedy and Murder Moment
  2. pp. 34-59
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  1. La Vie
  2. pp. 35-60
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  1. Seen from Afar
  2. pp. 35-36
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  1. Double Jeopardy
  2. pp. 36-63
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  1. Father’s Murderer
  2. pp. 37-64
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  1. Monkey See, Monkey Do
  2. pp. 37-65
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  1. Asante Cuba
  2. pp. 38-40
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  1. Arriba Cuba
  2. pp. 40-69
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  1. Tears
  2. pp. 41-70
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  1. Salvation Highway
  2. pp. 41-71
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  1. Recycled Man
  2. pp. 42-72
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  1. Sunken Eyes
  2. pp. 43-73
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  1. Hollow Craze
  2. pp. 43-74
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  1. Human gods
  2. pp. 44-75
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  1. Big Apple
  2. pp. 45-76
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  1. Other Side of Hell
  2. pp. 46-77
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  1. Foreign Rule
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Democrazy Blues
  2. pp. 48-80
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  1. Mosaicland
  2. pp. 49-81
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  1. Speaking between the Teeth
  2. pp. 50-82
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  1. Parannoyed
  2. pp. 51-83
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  1. Cold Comfort (Pala-Pala Time)
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. The Corporation
  2. pp. 53-86
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  1. Egoli Blues
  2. pp. 54-87
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  1. Boundaries
  2. pp. 55-88
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  1. Our Minister
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Contradiction
  2. pp. 57-91
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  1. Foreign Aid (The Full Mouth does not Speak)
  2. pp. 57-92
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  1. Apology
  2. pp. 58-93
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  1. SPS (Split Personality Syndrome)
  2. pp. 58-94
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  1. Jesus’ Cargo
  2. pp. 59-95
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  1. Doublespeak – Canadiana
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. The Laboratory
  2. pp. 60-98
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  1. Bittersweet Harvest
  2. pp. 61-99
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  1. Friend or Foe (The Goat and the Grass)
  2. pp. 62-100
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  1. Canine Citizen
  2. pp. 63-101
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  1. Father’s Day Presents…
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Love Plantation
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. Macho Love
  2. pp. 65-106
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  1. Prisms
  2. pp. 66-107
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  1. The Prism of my Prison
  2. pp. 67-108
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  1. Prisoners
  2. pp. 68-109
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  1. Trojan Horse
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. Place
  2. pp. 69-112
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  1. Identity Crisis
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. The Trail
  2. pp. 70-115
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  1. The Fisherman’s Drag-net
  2. pp. 71-116
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  1. Honourable-Chief-Doctor-Alhaji-Architect X
  2. pp. 72-117
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  1. Sand, Sea, Sun and Sex
  2. pp. 73-118
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  1. Black and White in Love and Hate
  2. pp. 74-119
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  1. On Savages and Civilization
  2. pp. 75-120
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  1. Searching for Satan
  2. pp. 76-121
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  1. Nationality: Villageois
  2. pp. 77-78
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  1. Can’t Cure Cancer
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 127-127
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