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Coils of Mortal Flesh

Ba'bila Mutia

Publication Year: 2008

"The diverse voices in the poems in this collection are unified in the single voice of the omnipresent persona who appears to be searching for a collective voice, some kind of order or rhythm that would impose meaning to life. Reading the poems constitutes an individual journey. This poetic journey from Awakening that takes the reader to Moonlight Spells & Wreaths and leads her/him through Laments to the Epilogue is a continuous movement in the search for humanity's existence. As a metaphor of self-discovery, the poetic quest is both an expression of, and a search for mankind's elusive self-that single, unbroken umbilical cord that is firmly rooted in the African experience and identity. Ba'bila Mutia teaches oral and written literatures, creative writing, advanced writing and research methodology, at the University of Yaound? I. His poetry and short stories have been featured in anthologies and reviews worldwide, and his work has been broadcast on the BBC. In June of 1993 Mutia was honoured by the Berlin Academy of Arts as special guest writer in an international writers' reading. He is the author of Whose Land? (Longman), Before This Time, Yesterday (Silex/Nouvelles du Sud) and ""The Miracle"" in the Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories."

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vi-

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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To the Reader

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pp. ix-

Except for “The Ascent” that was written in March 2007 when Bate Besong passed away, the rest of the poems in this collection were composed and published between 1973 and 1992. The collection spans three decades and cuts across Africa...

Awakening

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pp. 1-14

Sacrifice

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pp. 2-

Ntsi Su’ Fu

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pp. 3-

Mo Nkwani

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pp. 4-5

Insanity

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pp. 7-

Birth Cry

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pp. 8-

Taste

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pp. 9-

After the Apple

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pp. 10-

The Traveller

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pp. 11-

Limbo

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pp. 12-

Budding Seasons

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pp. 13-14

Moonlight Spells and Wreaths

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pp. 15-36

Song I

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pp. 16-17

Song II

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pp. 18-19

Waiting

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pp. 20-21

Poet to Poet

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pp. 22-

Tonight

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pp. 23-24

The Scourge

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pp. 25-

That Cologne

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pp. 26-

Distance

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pp. 27-28

Freedom

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pp. 29-

Youth

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pp. 30-

Dance Steps

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pp. 32-

Twin Spirits

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pp. 33-

First Music Lesson

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pp. 34-

Departure

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pp. 35-

Ebony Drums

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pp. 36-

Laments

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pp. 37-67

Adieu Calabar

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pp. 38-

Survivors

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pp. 39-40

Dialogue

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pp. 41-42

Gong of Nemesis

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pp. 43-

Obituary

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pp. 44-45

Apocalyptic Emanations

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pp. 46-47

Return of the Exile

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pp. 48-49

Limbe I: Miscarriage

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pp. 50-

Limbe II: Death Throes

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pp. 51-

Limbe III: Crucifixion

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pp. 52-

Limbe IV: Purgatory

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pp. 53-54

Limbe V: Telegram

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pp. 55-

For Just One Banana

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pp. 56-57

Medals of Honour

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pp. 58-59

At Dawn

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pp. 60-61

Feast of Ramadan

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pp. 62-63

Song of Ethiopia

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pp. 64-67

Epilogue

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pp. 68-71

The Ascent

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pp. 69-70

Resurrection

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pp. 71-

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956715503
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558148

Page Count: 84
Publication Year: 2008

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