Not Yet Damascus: Poems

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African Books Collective, 2007 - Poetry - 64 pages
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Not Yet Damascus celebrates a tumultuous era without patriotic leaders willing to transform their national wastelands into thriving bastions. The collection salutes and queries: a panoramic collection intended for the sensitization of all, hence the simple yet evocative approach. "Poetry can be therapeutic, allowing the poet to work through issues in life; to find solutions, clarity, comfort, and peace of mind. It provides a vehicle of expression for diverse attitudes and fresh insights. Emmanuel Fru Doh has achieved this feat in this collection of poems Not Yet Damascus. He speaks in a confident tone of prophetic utterances: advising, warning, denouncing, protesting and chiding. His poetry has the twin virtues of relevance and simplicity of diction. He has eschewed the obscurantist ineloquence and syntactic jugglery of traditional poets. Passion, energy and cutting irony are the hallmarks of the poems in the anthology." - Peter Wuteh Vakunta, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA "This is the passionate poetry of a patriotic son of Cameroon. Here is a contemplative, sensitive soul that watches and registers on his emotional meter, and in potent imagery, the terrible damage done to his people, country, and continent." - Shadrach Ambanasom, Professor of Literature, University of Yaounde I (E.N.S. Annex Bambili), Cameroon
 

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Contents

In Moments Like These
2
Double Decade
3
Guardians of the Peace
5
Jonah
6
AntiClockwise
7
FearFear King
9
Like Serpents
10
Their Turn to Party
11
Death
35
The Trail
39
The Tombstone
40
Samaritan I
42
Samaritan II
43
Thunderclap
45
Musing
47
Time
48

That Learned Professor
13
Lament of the Kolanut
14
Africa
16
Worry For My People
17
Africas Journey
18
A Mothers Tears
19
The Conspirators
21
Claustrophobia
23
Victims
24
Mea Culpa
25
My One Great Friend
27
Yefon Woman of Strength
29
On My Id
31
Champagnats Model
32
The Travelers Invocation
34
Birth Tidings
49
On Being Betrayed
50
On Familiarity and Contempt
51
I Am Who I Am
52
Metamorphosis of the Homo Sapiens
53
How Much Akin
54
The First Rains
55
Bird of the Night
56
My Love Is Gone
57
The Mind and tts Games
59
The Pieta
60
Despair
61
Pretenders to the Throne
63
Ship Ahoy
64
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About the author (2007)

Emmanuel Fru Doh teaches in the Department of English at Century College, U.S.A., where he is also Associate Editor of Phantasmagora.

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