Shadows from the Abyss

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African Books Collective, 2009 - Poetry - 38 pages
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This is the first volume of a patriotic poet whose heart is on fire. The poems touch on a variety of issues, some personal and private, other public - past and current. They range from family, love and longing; friendship and marriage, to culture, politics, corruption and death. They are cadenced and vibrant with different emotions: nostalgia, regret and outrage; loss, pain and pathos tinged with a touch of wistfulness and irony. In style and themes, they reveal a keen observer, a budding poet struggling to find her stride; to mine the shallows and the deeps of human experience, to give a unique expressive voice to the human condition. With a wide range of emotions, Mbunda touches on a variety of turbulent issues muddying the waters. But she is not without hope; she believes the volcano will only erupt if her call is unheeded.
 

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Contents

In Bewilderment
1
The Justice of the Unjust
2
Praying Amiss
4
Nature
5
Vogue
6
Orature
7
African Democracy
8
The saviors
9
Someday
21
Handwriting on the wall
22
The Unstoppable
24
Created in Gods Name
25
Tongue
26
The Ritual Drink
27
Life
28
Helpless
29

Working His Purpose
10
My mother
11
My first classroom
12
My friend
13
The stranger
14
Land of Pretence
15
Home Alone
16
From Bondage Slavery to Free Slavery
17
Another dream Deferred
19
Frenches
20
Mummy
30
The Obasinjom Warrior
31
For Mirthful Hilarious Ambe
32
Unity?
33
Enemeyfriends
34
The beauty of closeness
35
The IMS
36
My Day of passing
37
Your Anniversary
38
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