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I Will Fly

A Collection of Poems

Florence Ndiyah

Publication Year: 2011

I Will Fly is a collection of 52 poems which bring to life a story of struggle and hope, the struggle of ordinary Cameroonians who daily entertain hardship, and of English-speaking Cameroonians born into a minority population. Disgruntlement leads to protests; but what happens when the protests fail to yield? Immigration and resignation, the latter, at times, becoming an invitation to death. Adventure and romance stand as the lifeline of others. Hope is a constant companion in these situations, inviting all and sundry to desist from giving adversary easy victories.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. iii-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

I Will Fly is a collection of 52 poems which bring to life a story of struggle and hope. It opens with a first set of poems on difficulties faced by Cameroonian citizens. The characters fall in two groups: First, ordinary Cameroonians who simply cannot make ends meet, who daily entertain hardship. Unemployment, underemployment and related consequences darken their...

Book I

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pp. 1-

Part 1: For Food in a Spoon

The Burden of Sight

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pp. 3-

Brains in Bottles

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pp. 4-

Blackout

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pp. 5-6

Part 2: Toxic English

Anglo!

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pp. 9-

A Questionable Prescription in My Mouth

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pp. 10-

The Dark Side of Night

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pp. 11-12

P for Presbytery, Priest and People

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pp. 12-13

Concealed Tracks

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pp. 13-14

God’s Israel

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pp. 14-15

Book II: Waste

A Noiseless Phone

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pp. 19-

Book III: Accusation

You Sink the Nation

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pp. 23-

Book IV: Protests

Stocking Up For Protest Days

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pp. 27-

The Country Is Not People

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pp. 28-

No Golden Eggcups for the Morrow

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pp. 29-30

Book V

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pp. 31-

Part 1: Resignation

Holy Dust

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pp. 33-

Wait

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pp. 34-

Still

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pp. 35-

Part 2: Escape

Section One: Immigration

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pp. 37-

I Will Fly

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pp. 39-

A Dream Too Far

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pp. 40-

Leave

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pp. 41-42

Grandmother’s Luggage

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pp. 43-44

Treacherous Hands

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pp. 44-45

On Once Familiar Streets

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pp. 45-46

Paper beyond Papers

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pp. 46-47

Section Two: Mortality

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pp. 49-

Quitting By the Fast Lane

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pp. 51-

A Song of Many Pitches

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pp. 52-

The Doomed Day

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pp. 53-54

No Glory in the Morning

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pp. 54-55

The Snail Shell

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pp. 55-56

That Little House at the End of the Road

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pp. 57-

Enemy in the Shadows

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pp. 58-

Part 3: Adventure

Behind My Camera

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pp. 61-

Indispensable Intruders

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pp. 62-

Poet’s Block

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pp. 63-64

The Words of Women

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pp. 65-

Leave The Door Open

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pp. 66-

Part 4: Romance

Living in Him

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pp. 69-

Three Women in a Pair of Shoes

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pp. 70-71

The Woman in Me

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pp. 71-

Unattached and Unavailable

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pp. 72-73

G’glo

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pp. 73-74

Saturday Evening with Girlfriends

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pp. 74-75

From Brother To Brother

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pp. 76-77

Oh Woman

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pp. 78-

The Longest March

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pp. 79-80

Part 5: Hope

Awakening the Stars

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pp. 83-

Sit To Stand

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pp. 84-85

I Want Never To Wish For Yesterday

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pp. 86-

Toss To a Friend

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pp. 87-88

No Need for a Rocket

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pp. 88-89

Now I Remember How to Pray

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pp. 90-91

Book VI: Light for Africa

Black and Gold

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pp. 95-


E-ISBN-13: 9789956726592
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956726226

Page Count: 108
Publication Year: 2011