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Shadows

Emmanuel Fru Doh

Publication Year: 2011

Shadows, as the title insinuates, splits open and lays bare the frightening vision of humanity, the heart of man depressed, a veritable inferno in which there is little to be enjoyed and everything to be endured, as all is vanity, a gnawing emptiness. Nothing is but what it seems. Simple but without being simplistic, there is in the damp climate of Doh's poetry broken promises, displaced emotional centres, a pervading sense of doom, of impending disaster, and a total helplessness reminiscent of Plato's proverbial mythical cave in which all reality is but shadow, devoid of substance, with the observer chained to the walls of his feelings, beliefs, and unfulfilled ambitions. The second section, ìCelebrationî, is, however, a source of warmth, of light, the sunís rays in an otherwise damp and and dark collection.

Published by: African Books Collective

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Preface

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pp. viii-ix

In life, we, as human beings, especially, undergo so many different experiences, and as a result, as the days come and go, set . . .

LAMENTATION

TELLING AFRICA

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pp. 3-4

GANG-RAPED

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pp. 5-6

OF CHANGING TIDES

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p. 7-7

THE ETOUDI EXAMPLE

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p. 8-8

FON OF FONS IN BAMENDA

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p. 9-9

BIKUTSI LANDLORD

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p. 10-10

THE AFRICAN DINOSAUR

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pp. 11-12

BOBOLO OATH

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p. 13-13

CHEAP TALK

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p. 14-14

DEATH AGAIN

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pp. 15-16

LAGOS-IBADAN 2007

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p. 17-17

THIS RUSH PALAVER

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p. 18-18

THE PERSECUTION

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p. 19-19

THE THING ABOUT PROGRESS.

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p. 20-20

OYINBO NA WA

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pp. 21-23

EVEN BEFORE PURGATORIO

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p. 24-24

DISILLUSIONED

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pp. 25-26

BRETHREN

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pp. 27-28

THE WIND

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p. 29-29

THIS VILLAGE-MENTALITY

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p. 30-30

THE POST OFFICE

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p. 31-31

LIGHTED WATERS

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p. 32-32

CONSULTATION

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p. 33-33

LOSING TRACK

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pp. 34-35

FALLING DOWN

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p. 36-36

THIS RIVALRY

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p. 37-37

ON BEING JUDGMENTAL

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p. 38-38

THE RAINBOW

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p. 39-39

STRANGE TREASURES

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p. 40-40

BLOOD

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p. 41-41

THE NEWS OF DEATH

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p. 42-42

WHISPERS FROM BEYOND

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p. 43-43

PLAYING FOX

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pp. 44-46

CELEBRATION

THE GONG

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pp. 48-49

WITHIN FISSURES

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p. 50-50

I WILL REMEMBER YOU

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pp. 51-53

NZALE

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p. 53-53

ROLL-CALL ’71

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pp. 54-56

LONE WARRIOR

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p. 57-57

ON BEING AN ADULT

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p. 58-58

YESTERDAY

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p. 59-59

IGWE OCHA I

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p. 60-60

IGWE OCHA II

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p. 61-61

THE LIGHTHOUSE

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p. 62-62

PEOPLE FOR HELEP

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pp. 63-65

THESE TIDES

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p. 66-66

THE BOOMERANG

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p. 67-67

THE HARVEST

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p. 68-68

THE SOUNDS OF AFRICA

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pp. 69-70

DICOTS

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pp. 71-72

ON BEING A TEACHER

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pp. 73-75

CONSUMMATION

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p. 76-76

HOW TO LOVE

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p. 77-77

THE CRAFTSMAN

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pp. 78-79

RHYTHM IN OUR SEASONS

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p. 80-80

TO GENTLE LABOUR

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pp. 81-82

THE TRAIL

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p. 83-83

Back cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956579662
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956579877

Page Count: 92
Publication Year: 2011

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