ISBN 9781942876229
Pages 70
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2018
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Dance of the Kangaroos

by MD Mbutoh

Dance of the Kangaroos (The Riot shall not be Televised) is a collection of 42 poems on the socio-political and economic realities of a people polarised by bitter colonial experiences. Through the use of metaphor and other literary devices, closely knitted by an apprehensive sense of a first witness, the poems highlight experiences of oppression, marginalization, social justice and human rights abuse. Dance of the Kangaroos takes the reader on a journey that unveils the realities and challenges of postcolonial African society. It is one where the superior class have taken up the colonial whip and induced their subordinates to re-stage a colonial parody under indigénat, a policy used by the French in colonial Africa. Mbutoh draws on words and expressions from his African background and his knowledge of his people’s colonial experiences to make each poem unique.

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“Mbutoh has an ear for music. The poems in Dance of the Kangaroos are not only courageous, they are melodic, intense, ruminative, and adventurous. Every reader can be assured that one reading of these beautifully written poems will not just be enough.”

Okwudili Nebeolisa, Nigerian Poet Laureate

"Dance of the Kangaroos exposes the autocratic oppression and subjugation of his unnamed people, and by extension all minority people in the hands of brutal regimes everywhere on earth, in poetic vehemence and elegance. The poems in this collection capture gruesome tortures and killings of unarmed civilians by their blood brothers intoxicated by an established rogue system which creates artificial or electronic darkness in order to perpetrate horrific and repressive atrocities on protesting masses without the knowledge of the rest of humanity. Reassured that ‘the riot shall not be televised’, human bees trigger guns which vomit ‘their venoms onto the naked populace’. This may be in Africa, this may be in Asia, this may be somewhere else; but the pain is intolerable if humanity can be serious about themselves for once."

Nsah Mala, author of Bites of Insanity and Constimocrazy
About the Author

MD Mbutoh

MD Mbutoh is an award-winning poet from the North West Region of Cameroon. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Yaoundé. He is currently pursuing a Master's in International Communication and Public Actions at the International Relations Institute Cameroon (IRIC). He has taught Literature and English Language in secondary schools in Cameroon. His literary works have appeared in journals, blogs, and newspapers across the world including Refugee Republic (poetry collection) 2017, and Praxis, (2017) a Nigerian-based literary magazine. His debut play, Coastland of Hope (2016) was commended by the BBC Radio Play in 2017. He was guest writer in the Short Story Day Africa Flow Workshop in 2016 and 2017 respectively, as well as guest writer for the Bakwa Magazine Creative Writing Workshop in 2016. 

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