ISBN 9789956764778
Pages 120
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2017
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Barbed Forest

by Bill F. Ndi

Barbed Forest draws from the socio-political character of society—specific societies sometimes. It navigates its way from the political to the familial and ultimately personal concerns of humankind before projecting the positive “humanist vision” of which the poet cum freedom songster dreams.

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“This collection is the poet’s profound meditation on the construction of the few by the many-one, the running crowds and the lion who sets the law, and the evocation of Blake's mythology is wonderfully grounded in a strong personal and political myth that the reader can see being played out in this suite of "Scavenger" poems. No lamb lying down for these poems: a rich vein of poetry lies in wait for the reader here as the poems spray word bullets at the prevailing doxa or political and social imagination that continues to plague nations across the world.  The poems herein strike a strong chord with me, and masterfully too.”

Beornn McCarthy, Literary Studies, University of Melbourne/Deakin University

“An artistic take on the colonial forces of repression and regression akin to those in La République du Cameroun of today, Barbed Forest evokes the forceful occupation and caging in of the Forest and Grassfields Regions of British Southern Cameroons.  These are acerbic pieces authoritatively delivered such that they name and shame the culprits.”

Emmanuel Fru Doh, Century College, Minnesota
About the Author

Bill F. Ndi

Dr. Bill F. Ndi, poet, playwright, storyteller, critic, translator & academic was born in Bamunka-Ndop, the North West Region of Cameroon and educated at GBHS Bamenda & Essos, the University of Yaoundé, Nigeria: ABSU, Paris: ISIT, the Sorbonne, Paris VIII & UCP where he obtained his doctorate degree in Languages, Literatures and Contemporary Civilizations. He has held teaching positions at the Paris School of Languages, the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs, the University of Queensland, Brisbane, St Lucia and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He is presently a faculty with the department of English and Foreign Languages at Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA.

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