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Toil and Delivery

Bill F. Ndi

Publication Year: 2010

Bill NDIÌs Toil and Delivery can be as playful and loaded as the clues in a cryptic crossword puzzle, which is to say that they are marked by a strange, energetic hybridity. They occupy a dynamic space between nursery rhyme and visionary Romantic verse, between the colloquial and the archaic, between postmodernity and anachronism. They are local and global, political and personal, Western and non-Western. With experiences traversing both Africa and the West, Bill F. NDI is one of those poets who gives meaning to the word globalisation. He embraces poetry as a material act in a troubled world, with poetryÌs power conveyed with typical irony.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Content

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pp. iii-vi

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Author’s notes

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pp. vii-viii

Why Toil & Delivery? Let yourself be charmed, be ensnared, go under the spell of the muse and imagination before enduring the pains of shelling the nuts in which the pleasurable and edible charms are hidden. Be these poems local or global, political or personal, African or non-African, ...

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

The poems in Bill NDI’s Toil & Delivery can be as playful and loaded as the clues in a cryptic crossword puzzle, which is to say that they are marked by a strange, energetic hybridity. They occupy a dynamic space between nursery rhyme and visionary Romantic verse, between the colloquial and the archaic, ...

SANDER & CHRISTER

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pp. 2-3

PAYING THE PRICE THRICE TO RICE

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pp. 4-5

TIME (6758576)

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pp. 6-

SPECTACLES

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pp. 7-

THE BROKEN BOND

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pp. 8-

WHAT DOES IT MATTER?

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pp. 9-11

STRONG, STRONG WEAK

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pp. 12-

CHILDHOOD RAIN SHOWERS

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pp. 13-

FRUITS OF BLISS

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pp. 14-

A CHILDLESS FATHER HOPES

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pp. 15-

A TRIBUTE TO EVERY MOTHER

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pp. 16-

THE UNDERGROUND PARIS

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pp. 17-

BORN FREE FREEBORN

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pp. 18-

BOXING RING

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pp. 19-20

TOURIST EXTRAORDINAIRE!

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pp. 21-

COMMEMORATION

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pp. 22-24

OUR AWE OBJECTS

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pp. 25-

PRURIENCE

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pp. 26-

VOMIT

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pp. 27-

THE MESSENGER

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pp. 28-

BOB DOWN THAT JOY (BEYOND THE ORDINARY)

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pp. 29-

BITCH SONG

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pp. 30-31

I WONDER

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pp. 32-33

THE VOICE OF A RESTING SOUL

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pp. 34-36

THE WAY TO GO

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pp. 37-

CAPTAIN SALUTES ALL

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pp. 38-

THE UNSEEN

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pp. 39-

IN SEARCH FOR IT

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pp. 40-

COMING OF ASH

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pp. 41-

INFIDELITY IS NOT WOMAN

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pp. 42-

THE RETURN HOME

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pp. 43-

FOR BETTER & ….

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pp. 44-

BROOMSTICK

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pp. 45-

THE MADMAN SAID:

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pp. 46-

BIOGRAPHY

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pp. 47-

COUNCILORS: NONFORM

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pp. 48-

MAILMAN

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pp. 49-

MY KEY

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pp. 50-53

ACUMEN

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pp. 54-

MITIGATION (Plea by a marooned Pen)

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pp. 55-

HEROIC ENTERPRISE (Commission)

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pp. 56-

THE DIRGE

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pp. 57-

BARREN DAYS

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pp. 58-

SEA FARING

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pp. 59-

CALM DOWN

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pp. 60-

RIVULET

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pp. 61-

DESTINY

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pp. 62-

MORPHEUS

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pp. 63-

THE CALLER

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pp. 64-

IRREVOCABLE VOICE

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pp. 65-

TABLETS OF LIFE

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pp. 66-

FOR SURVIVAL

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pp. 67-

WANT

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pp. 68-

ASSETS

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pp. 69-

GRANNY FROM A DEEP SLUMBER

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pp. 70-

FIRST AND LAST SPACE

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pp. 71-

EGG DESTRUCTION

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pp. 72-

ON HER NATIVITY

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pp. 73-

CHASTISEMENT

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pp. 74-

EQUALITY

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pp. 75-

THE FEAST

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pp. 76-

DELIRIUM

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pp. 77-

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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pp. 78-

BECOMING A WAIF

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pp. 79-82

NOSTALGIA

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pp. 83-84

GINNERS

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pp. 85-

CHANGE

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pp. 86-

CHASE OF THE TRIUMPHANT

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pp. 87-

DYING ’85

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pp. 88-

THE BLIGHT

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pp. 89-

URCHIN

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pp. 90-

THE PLANTS’ CALL: THE HIDDEN NAME

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pp. 91-

DEMISE’S RESIDENCE

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pp. 92-

MINERVA’S GRAVE

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pp. 93-94

PROSELYTIST

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pp. 95-96

OPTIMISTS

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pp. 97-98

SEVEN OVER ALL

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pp. 99-

SCULLERY

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pp. 100-102

HEART BEATS

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pp. 103-

MY LETTER

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pp. 104-105

SEEING FROM THE OTHER SIDE

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pp. 106-

MY STAR

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pp. 107-

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956579259
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956578184

Page Count: 118
Publication Year: 2010