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Letters to Marion (And the Coming Generations)

John Nkemngong Nkengasong

Publication Year: 2009

In this rich and compelling collection of poems the author explores the recesses of the imagination to reveal the different facets of contemporary experience. In doing this he highlights the social, the spiritual, and the metaphysical functions of poetry. The reader will find in the collection sincere expressions of feelings and penetrating thoughts, the genuine tone, spirit and taste of poetry and its ability to provide contemplative clues to prevailing circumstances. The preponderance of stimulating imagery and the overall display of ingenious poeticality reveal the poet as one imbued with a fertile imagination and prove as well that poetry remains the most noble of art through which one understands and comes to terms with the hidden secrets of the universe.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. vi-vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

Writing poetry is an obsession not just in the simplistic sense that the poet communicates his mind in the most profound and sincere manner. Each poem is a milestone on the poet’s journey through the past and a signpost on his journey into the future. The crafted word thus becomes a symbol of the most valued...

The Coming of the Sages

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pp. 1-

Spear and Shield

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pp. 2-

the mungo

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pp. 2-3

The Princely Kite

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pp. 4-

The Labours of a Boy

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pp. 4-

Little Chick

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pp. 5-

Song of a Convict

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pp. 5-6

Wailing in the Jungle

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pp. 6-7

The Ballot-Box

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pp. 7-

The Slaughter House

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pp. 7-8

Africa, My Africa

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pp. 8-9

Lysona

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pp. 9-

A Coffin for Dr. Mbella Pe

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pp. 10-11

Unrequited

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pp. 11-12

On the Toilet

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pp. 12-13

M’mendi

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pp. 13-14

Cameroon

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pp. 14-15

The Lament of a Youth

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pp. 15-

Song of a Lunatic

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pp. 16-

On Delirium

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pp. 17-18

Infatuation

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pp. 18-

Dalila’s Napkins

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pp. 19-

The Magus I

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pp. 20-

The Magus II

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pp. 21-

Church Bells Summon

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pp. 22-

Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-one

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pp. 22-23

To a Gecko on My Window Pane

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pp. 23-24

On the Bamenda Massacre

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pp. 24-

Ghost Towns

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pp. 25-

Song To My Country People

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pp. 26-

A Tear for Siga Asanga

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pp. 27-

Mfoundi Faery

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pp. 28-

My Birthday Party

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pp. 29-

Requiem for Lady of State

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pp. 29-30

Essingan Dancers

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pp. 31-32

Human Indignity

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pp. 33-

Ken Saro-Wiwa

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pp. 34-

When I shall not Live

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pp. 34-

To the Son of Mvoondoo

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pp. 35-40

To the Proprietors of the Republic

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pp. 40-

In Memory of Dr Philip Agendia

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pp. 41-

Lac Municipal

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pp. 41-42

My Clansman’s Benevolence

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pp. 42-

The Bigman’s Son

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pp. 42-43

On the Departure of Haifa

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pp. 43-

Njisoo

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pp. 43-44

Conscience and the Man

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pp. 44-45

A Phantom in Heaven

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pp. 45-

City Woman

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pp. 45-46

To a Shy Lad

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pp. 46-

Buea Mountain

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pp. 46-47

The Beauty of Life

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pp. 47-

A Gap in Her Teeth

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pp. 48-

Plastic Love

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pp. 48-

Letters to Marion

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pp. 49-51

The Beginning

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pp. 52-54

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956715350
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558650

Page Count: 68
Publication Year: 2009

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