Drumbeats of War PDF download by GBANABOM HALLOWELL

Drumbeats of War

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Publication date: April 2004
ISBN: 9781414021560
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The spirit of search pervades the whole collection with recurring images of the poet looking through windows into vast expanses of landscape and seascape, into the Lion Mountains of his country, into its trees, listening to the sound of its rivers, its birds and its people. [Gbanabom Hallowell] peers into the dark liquid of the calabash to discover clues to the way forward, but the calabash often gets broken and like the other recurring image of the mirror which looks inwards into the poet and outwards into the world, its broken fragments have to be painfully pieced together in an effort to present the whole picture of his vision. He is always conscious of his responsibility as a poet to his country. He seeks to write ".the centrifugal poem that would outlive/the rogue politicians of my country." The process is not without pain. Asked to write a poem for his country, his response is forty-two repetitions of the phrase "secretpains". Fortunately, the poet is able to work his intense feelings with greater articulateness in the rest of the collection! Even in his young life, however, he sees comrades, fellow artists or young soldiers caught up in the war, fall in their prime. He himself often feels the despair of being the "Poet Unwanted". Emeritus Professor Eldred Durosimi Jones, author of Othello's Countrymen and editor, Africa Literature Today
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