Konglanjo

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African Books Collective, 2010 - Poetry - 87 pages
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"The Title poem relates to most important poetry of all ages: It reveals how, in the search for right images, metaphors and most apposite expressions, we often find ourselves listening to the voice that `bids us return to our own sources.' Since the poet has discovered the right idioms, he has, throughout the poem, undergone the process of depersonalization, has indeed obtained objectivity: Little of himself is felt in the poem. He obtains this effect by the use of the appropriate voice---That of the priest at the ceremony." Professor Siga Asanga, ABBIA, Cameroon Cultural Review

This collection of poems evolves as a network and satellite of an expressive pursuit of justice with a difference. For, though this poetry simultaneously shapes global and grassroots smiles and tears, its corpus is no matter for laughter or weeping. In familiar but not identical voices, the poet tackles social evils as parasites while cross-examining cultural assumptions in the same vein. Triple form-title poem, Letters to Ethiopia and Some Random poems, explores nightmares of colonial mission civilisatrice by dint of two decades of inspirational events from 1965 as invitations into a more serene world emerging from post-discoveries.
 

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Contents

A Calling
3
B Anwering
18
Letters to Ethiopia
53
Glossary
83
Back Cover
89
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About the author (2010)

Born in Kitiiwum, Nso', Bongasu Tanla Kishani attended Secondary School at St. Joseph's College, Sasse, Cameroon. He successively studied in Nigeria, Italy and France, graduating from the University of Paris, Sorbonne with a Doctorat de 3e Cycle (1981) and a Doctorat d'Etat-es Lettres et Sciences Humaines (1988) in Philosophy. He worked as a Secretaire de Redaction at Presence Africaine in Paris and has taught Philosophy at the University of Yaounde since 1981. First published in 1988, this collection of poetry in English has been fascinating international readership. Likewise, Bongasu's Kpu e Go' e Njem (1998), excites literate Lam Nso' speakers. The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in 1990 short-listed and awarded the first position to his collection of poems.

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