Forest Echoes

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African Books Collective, 2010 - Poetry - 76 pages
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"Forest Echoes is a literary guilt rerealing a mature poet bestriding generations as be patches together a people's culture, their philosophy, history, along with their attendant woes into a subtle, sometimes disillusioning even, yet purposeful and poignant whole. Nol Alembong is not afraid to be himself in this work: a scholar, teacher, parent, traditionalist and, above all, an Anglophone-Camerooman. Whatever the case, these are magisterial and equally influential individual traits that have merged into a united whole in forging this poet's identity and concerns as evident from the thematic panorama of the poems. In "Forest Echoes", the title poem, for example, one encounters a poet who, though steeped in his people's struggles, has been able to stand back, watch and evaluate the effects of the interactions of time, events, and society. It is this ability of his, as an involved yet detached observer, along with the trend of events that have scarred his people's lives, which have yielded the powerful emotions that he has assembled in this thematically lush, historically nostalgic, and overwbelmingly evocative collection."-Dr. Emmanuel Fru Doh, Minnesota, USA

"Nol Alembong has a strong predilection for African plants, insects and especially animals whose members he parades with grace and felicity."- Professor Stella M.A. Johnson, University of Lagos, Nigeria
 

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Contents

The Beginning
1
Forest
2
Forest Echoes
4
The Crossing
14
Living East of the Mungo
15
Remembering February 11 1961
16
The Democrat and His Fans
17
The Sin to Glory
19
To an Ambazonian Warrior
43
To You Florence
45
Cycles
46
Bridging the Atlantic
51
Speaking
52
Favourite Name
53
Song of Awambeh
54
Tekwombuo
57

The New Prophets
20
The Plague
22
Tears
23
Sleepwalking
24
The Aerial Tour
25
Bamenda
26
Harvest Reports
27
Tugofwar
29
Harvest Thanksgiving
30
Of Good and Bad Dogs
32
Saturday Nights off Campus
33
Asumpta
34
Lebialem
38
Bangwa Tiger
40
Anqwa
60
The Celebration
62
Hunting
63
Tell Me
64
Who Knows?
65
Green Call
66
Hawks
69
The Mosquito and Us
70
The Clap
71
Revelation
73
Glossary
75
Untitled
79
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