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A Fallen Citadel and Other Poems

Imali J. Abala

Publication Year: 2012

A Fallen Citadel and Other Poems is a powerful collection of over forty prose poems. The poems cover an array of issues ranging from the crisis that ensued after the 2007-2008 elections in Kenya to other social issues: loss of identity, poverty, hopelessness, and AIDs. These poems are powerful, vivid, full of imagery, and delightful. Some begin tragically, but end with hope; they begin with an everyday event, but end with a philosophical question about the meaning of life; and others are not only disturbing, but also thought provoking. Abalaís poetic maneuvers in this collection are bound to delight and fascinate any reader.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. iii-iv

Part I: Narrative Poems on Kenya’s Crisis Of 2007-2008

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pp. 1-23

A Fallen Citadel

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pp. 3

Birthing of a Nation

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pp. 4-5

Freedom Shall Be Ours

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pp. 6

A Disillusioned Youth

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pp. 7

Heaven or Hell?

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pp. 8-9

No End in Sight

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pp. 10

Cry Freedom Cry

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pp. 11

Alive Dead Brute

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pp. 12

The Unending Cliffhanger

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pp. 13

The Evil Man

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pp. 14

The Victory

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pp. 15

Tribalism

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pp. 16

The Internally Displaced

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pp. 17-18

The Fruits of Uhuru

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pp. 19-20

The Corrupt Daughters and Sons of my Mother

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pp. 21-22

Let My Nation Be My Nation Again

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pp. 23

Part II: Other Poems

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pp. 25-63

Eulogy to Maragoli Hills

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pp. 27

Lidaala (1)

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pp. 28

Lidaala (2)

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pp. 29

The Conundrum of My Life

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pp. 30

Alone

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pp. 31

Invisible

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pp. 32

Defeated

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pp. 33

Forever Lost

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pp. 34

Another Missed Opportunity

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pp. 35

The ‘Joys’ of Motherhood

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pp. 36

A Woman at the Crossroads

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pp. 37

An Elderly Widow

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pp. 38

Daughter of My Mother

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pp. 39

Fred, the Fallen Star

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pp. 41-42

The Orphan Boy

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pp. 43-44

The Death of My Son

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pp. 45-46

The Boy Who Lived Alone

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pp. 47

The Maidservant

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pp. 48-49

Dead at One

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pp. 50

Doom’s Day

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pp. 51

Words Hurt

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pp. 52

A Dying Man’s Last Wish

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pp. 53

Am I Somebody?

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pp. 54-55

Hana

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pp. 56-58

The Drunkard

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pp. 59

Have You Ever . . .?

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pp. 60-61

The Bonfire of Vanity

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pp. 62

A Voice at Dawn

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pp. 63

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956727537
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956727391

Page Count: 68
Publication Year: 2012