The Journal of New Poetry [NP] No. 5

THE FIFTH edition of the 2008 Journal of New Poetry is appropriately tagged “Rhythms of Conflict” with the promise of greater relevance in the dynamics of poetry of the twenty-first century and its appreciation. Dedicated to Jack Mapanje, the distinguished Malawian poet and scholar whose verses had brought him incarceration in the Kamuzu Banda regime, the NP No. 5 hopes to challenge readers of African poetry with the aliveness of African art to the political and social concerns of the century.

   
 

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Continues the theme of War and Conflict Resolution in African Literature. Throws further light on the poetry of National and Ethnic Africa. Theme Studies on the “Rhythms of Conflicts” have selected papers from Zimbabwe and Nigeria which add unique contemporaneous dimensions to the poetic expressions in Africa through songs, oratory and music.

 

 

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EMEZUE, GMT (Ed), Journal of New Poetry No. 5, IRCALC, 2008 226 p.

ISBN: 978-9-7836-0351-6

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                                                                                      CONTENTS

Author

Title

Pages

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Editor

Introduction

7-12

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I. RETROSPECT

Samuel Allen

Tendencies in African Poetry

13-48

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Chin Ce

A Dance of the Ether:
Four Decades of African Poetry in English

49-74

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II. THEME STUDIES

Onyebuchi Nwosu

Rhythms of Combat:
Re-visioning Igbo-Biafran War Songs

77-94

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Arinpe Adejumo

Conflict Resolution in Oral Literature:
A Review of Yorùbá Satirical Songs

95-116

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Joseph Chikowero

 

"I Too Sing Zimbabwe":
The Conflict of Ethnicity in Popular Zimbabwean Lyrics

117-136

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II. REVIEWS

GMT Emezue

Francophone Poetry and The Other Half of History

139-148

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Marlene de La Cruz-Guzman
& Kate Nuernberger

A Harvest of Tears: The Vibrant Verses of Tsunami Blues

149-156

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CN Nkemdirim

'Teardrops on Marble':
A Random View of Wearing Glasses of Water

157-166

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Ismail Bala Garba

Challenging the Impediments of Power with
Jack Mapanje's The Last of the Sweet Bananas

167-176

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III. POEMS

Richard Okoh Ajah

 ‘Song of Heroes’, ‘Things Fall Apart’
 ‘Jazz and Palm Wine’, ‘Weep not, child’

179-181

Poems

Ismail Bala Garba

‘A Strip of Wonder’, ‘A Nigerian Elegy’
 ‘The President’s Face’

182-183

Poems

Sylvester Omosun

‘Jezebel Daughters’
‘Na Thief, Na Thief’

184-185

Poems

FO Orabueze

 

 

CN Nkemdirim

 & KH Brown
[Guest: Irene Marques]

 'Because of the Colour of my Skin'

 

 

III. LITERARY CHAT

 

Culture, Poetry and States of Being

 

186-187

 

 

 

 

191-223

 

Poems

 

 

 

 

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