ISBN 9789956558148
Pages 84
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2008
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Coils of Mortal Flesh

by Ba'bila Mutia

The diverse voices in the poems in this collection are unified in the single voice of the omnipresent persona who appears to be searching for a collective voice, some kind of order or rhythm that would impose meaning to life. Reading the poems constitutes an individual journey. This poetic journey from Awakening that takes the reader to Moonlight Spells & Wreaths and leads her/him through Laments to the Epilogue is a continuous movement in the search for humanity's existence. As a metaphor of self-discovery, the poetic quest is both an expression of, and a search for mankind's elusive self - that single, unbroken umbilical cord that is firmly rooted in the African experience and identity.

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Review

"Coils of Mortal Flesh is the work of a mature poet who delves into a wide range of experiences and emotions to produce his work. In both the tenderest love poem and the most overtly political ones, Mutia weaves effortlessly between cultures and worlds."

The African Book Publishing Record
About the Author

Ba'bila Mutia

Ba'bila Mutia teaches oral and written literatures, creative writing, advanced writing and research methodology, at the University of Yaoundé I. His poetry and short stories have been featured in anthologies and reviews worldwide, and his work has been broadcast on the BBC. In June of 1993 Mutia was honoured by the Berlin Academy of Arts as special guest writer in an international writers' reading. He is the author of Whose Land? (Longman), Before This Time, Yesterday (Silex/Nouvelles du Sud) and "The Miracle" in the Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories.

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