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Shadows From The Abyss

by Frida Menkan Mbunda-Nekang

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.

ISBN 9789956558780 | 52 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2009 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback



“Beyond entertainment, Mbunda’s poems are messengers to society urging all to identify and address critical issues that will otherwise yield forth cataclysmic consequences. This is a poet with a mission which, it would appear, has only just begun.”

Emmanuel Fru Doh, Department of English, Century College Minnesota, USA

“I am please to be able to commend this beginning effort to the reader and to express the hope that the wellspring of these poems will continue to flow, fuller and freer and that Mbunda will continue to plumb its depth to the full with growing sensitivity and insight.”

Lovett Elango, Professor of History, University of Buea, Cameroon



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