Beasts of Nalunga

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Bloodaxe Books, 2007 - Poetry - 64 pages
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With new struggles ever more evident in Africa today, Jack Mapanje has returned to his concern for ordinary people in Africa and in the world at large, themes that make his poetry inspirational in Malawi and throughout Africa. These new poems are boldly lyrical narratives, cunningly crafted in mesmerizing spirals. His voice is still ironically cheerful, his tone impotently angry-but confidently measured with wit and humor, however bleak. Jack Mapanje was imprisoned without trial by the dictator Hastings Banda for nearly four years, and chronicled his experiences in his poetry. This collection addresses the soul struggling to liberate itself, and fighting against the beasts of silences that threaten the lives of Africans everyday.

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Contents

Beasts of Nalunga
10
Rested Among Fellow Hyenas Finally?
15
Henry Masauko Chipemberes Mango Tree at Mtundu
16
Silences Surrounding Mamas Unfinished City Flats 2002
17
This Grain That Keeps Leaving Its Silos
19
Prisons That Still Choke Us Cold
20
Another Tomb 40 Years
21
A Million Ways of Reburying a Despot
22
The Wedding of Jacarandas
38
On Your Glorious Years Neil Smith
40
Now That September 11 Should Define Mr Western Civilisation
41
The Taxis of North Yorkshire
43
The Ballad of Lady Bibby Renaissance of Barrow Docks April 2003
44
Justine Copps of Clapham Village
46
Fallout From Our Iraqi Wars on
48
OF PRISONS THAT WONT GO AWAY
49

When Youve Never Lived under a Despot
23
Prayer for Paramount Sages
24
OF HOMES WEIRDLY SWEET
25
The Magpies of New Earswick
27
The Minster Inn York
29
Fleeting Child of the 3Day Week
30
After Celebrating our Asylum Stories at West Yorkshire Playhouse
32
The Seashells of Bridlington North Beach
33
No Swearing Please Weve Children About
34
The Grumpy Old Hippopotami of Tala Game Reserve KwaZulu Natal 1999
35
The Patron of Jubilee 2000
36
Letter to Landeg White in Portugal October 2001
37
The Stench of Porridge
50
Its the Speed That Matters Dear Padre
51
On David Constantines Poem
52
On Driving His Life Excellencys Political Enemies to Scarborough
53
On U Win Tins 75th Birthday March 2005
54
Ken SaroWiwas Pipe Still Puffing Ten Years
55
Altarboy at Sixty a selfpraise poem
56
Can of Beasts Madonna Opened
60
Retinal Screening Christmas 2006
62
NOTES
63
Copyright

About the author (2007)

Jack Mapanje is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of English, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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