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Cowrie Necklace

A Collection of Poems

Tikum Mbah Azonga

Publication Year: 2013

The Cowrie Necklace is a graphic account of the struggle for meaning in life. The poems are a carefully woven sizzling and cracking attempt to mirror society. The poet runs a long and wide gamut of poetic themes which include the intricacies of joy and sadness, God and the devil, nature and nurture, good and evil, love, deceit and treachery. The narrative style is reminiscent of Wole Soyinka, Francesco Nditsouna and D.H. Lawrence. The Cowrie Necklace is a ìmust readî.

Published by: African Books Collective

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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Preface

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pp. 4-7

...emotions”. It is a portrayal of thoughts that seized me at one so used to these moments of “poetic pregnancy” that I always because when I write, I hear and listen to some little voice in nature’s urge to “deliver yet another baby”. The truth of the property”. So when I asked this girl and she said she “just ...

Appointment and: Time Out

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pp. 1-8

Equity

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pp. 2-9

That Which We Treasure

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pp. 3-10

Counting the Cost

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pp. 4-11

Who I Am and: Liar

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pp. 5-12

At a Loss and: Freedom Day

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pp. 6-13

Memories and: Born Again

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Trapped

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pp. 8-15

...(For Mr Sylverius Mbuye, the unequalable secondary school teacher of ...

Climax

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pp. 9-16

Apocalypse and: Conspiracy

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pp. 10-17

Deceptive and: Cut It Out

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pp. 11-18

Flashback and: Duty and: Hold up

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pp. 12-19

Persona Non Grata

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pp. 13-20

Together like one

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pp. 14-21

On Purpose and: Change of the Guard and: Reverence

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pp. 15-22

Map Reading and: Secret Agenda and: Duty and: Precious Stone

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pp. 16-23

Contrast and: Strategy and: Complicity

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pp. 17-24

Trapped and: Drifting Apart and: Conundrum

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pp. 18-25

Question time and: Seething Within

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pp. 19-26

So Near, Yet so far

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pp. 20-27

Same old tricks and: Uncle Sam

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pp. 21-28

Testing times and: Covalent bonding and: The turning of the tide

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pp. 22-29

My Lord and My God and: My Father

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pp. 23-30

Life as I see it and: For duty's sake

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pp. 24-31

Life’s curious people and: Think again

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pp. 25-32

A glass of red orange and: Which way?

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pp. 26-33

Bolifamba and: Together and: Toad changes

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pp. 27-34

The drummer boys of Mutengene and: Spot on

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pp. 28-35

Delays: Directives

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pp. 29-36

The Sacred Cow: The stand-off

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pp. 30-37

The narrow path and: 75. An evening with De Gaulle

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pp. 31-38

Magic tool and: Tears for fears and: You as mine and: The rise I need

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pp. 32-39

My question and: Stale news and: Ebbing seasons and: To sit or to knit

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pp. 33-40

Why I did it and: Later day knowledge and: Stopping point

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pp. 34-41

Torn apart and: Only you

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pp. 35-42

My dream flight and: So, when?

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pp. 36-43

From the arena and: Narrow escape and: The obvious

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pp. 37-44

The right time and: Twisted fate and: Spelling things backwards

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pp. 38-45

Forgiven and: Rooted to the spot and: Bitter pill

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pp. 39-46

Feyman and: Far fetched and: God's water mark

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pp. 40-47

My magic cure and: Short-changed and: Wrong reading

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pp. 41-48

Hard-hearted men

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pp. 42-43

The unaccepted prophet

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pp. 43-51

Recipe for three

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pp. 44-52

Foul man

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pp. 44-45

An illusion

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pp. 45-55

Fair play and: Wrought iron and: Moment of pain

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pp. 46-56

Last wish and: One track mind and: Unacceptable and: The brakes

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pp. 47-57

Remember us and: The northern train

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pp. 48-58

Family truce and: Making choices

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pp. 49-59

Of figs and mists and: Impending danger and: True rumours

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pp. 50-60

My feet of clay and: My nothingness and: Do you? and: Not fit

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pp. 51-61

The missing link and: Still in search and: End of line and: Tell me more

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pp. 52-62

The reason and: The right road and: Name callers

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pp. 53-63

A wing and a prayer

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pp. 54-64

Nature’s law

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pp. 54-55

Off with a bang

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pp. 55-67

One step up

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pp. 56-68

My kind of woman

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pp. 57-69

Woman as herself

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pp. 58-70

Eye of the storm

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pp. 59-71

Life’s lifeline

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pp. 60-74

Back Cover

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p. 75-75


E-ISBN-13: 9789956728909
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956728756

Page Count: 68
Publication Year: 2013

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