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By Stephen Belcher

Collecting a variety of conventional African myths, this compelling new assortment bargains stories of heroes combating strong serpents and sizeable birds, brutal family members clash and vengeance, and determined migrations throughout substantial and alien lands. From impassioned descriptions of animal-creators to dramatic tales of groups compelled to escape titanic crocodiles, all of the narratives chanced on the following hindrance origins - even if of the universe, peoples or households. jointly, they carry a kaleidoscopic photograph of the wealthy and sundry oral traditions that experience formed the tradition and society of successive generations of Africans for millions of years, during the lengthy fight to outlive and discover this huge and environmentally assorted continent.

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Yet all the prophecies magic big and small 56 the Young man moves aside one divides into two and the earth quakes bursts when he bursts "that which is" "shines" 57 •~ r I I, I ~ I I VOICE world put back on its wheels if at night you have ringing dark surrounding not your voice : picking up: no one yet not your very breath but your call it was when I hang up you touch and the world is touched slips oiled this empty sign you give then 59 time exists you arewhich image or pain do you read have you read?

Bywhatbut that- thusly towards what 46 birth in the eye the folded words dictated NUDE in the body of the piece 47 "wants but one break" where I you? KILL? ;:. ' If standing up the m going through the door the end of - that doesn't - precisely inclined by the still reclined m the ascent of - which opens 51 "More than they were" Ah retreat Ah verdant verse re verse And- "Sooner they will be" than with Thus sooner sooner until in: "Me"! 52 The division of the end of - the beginning of - and so we pass, because they pass our paths recross Inflated below: the confirmation What?

If standing up the m going through the door the end of - that doesn't - precisely inclined by the still reclined m the ascent of - which opens 51 "More than they were" Ah retreat Ah verdant verse re verse And- "Sooner they will be" than with Thus sooner sooner until in: "Me"! 52 The division of the end of - the beginning of - and so we pass, because they pass our paths recross Inflated below: the confirmation What? IF- - and choosing to stretch out and wait in awaiting the outcome 53 "IF YOU" returns this time absent - up above towards the - (handkerchiefs, papers, loose particles) IF YOU "Kind of joy if he wants to be able to stand the idea" 54 SHINES AND LITTLE BY LITTLE BY THE POISON OF VENETIAN CANDOR "but the pain the pain very small prick" veins, the head acquisitions On the radio the voice smothers in the current of its own existence "I want to see you" - in the canal -of morning (nothing tragic) (this or you) (and so forth) "vision of hell vision of hell vision of hell" 55 breathing down the back of my neck in the mews AND LITTL E BY LITTLE TURNS HIS MADCAP EYE - it's the old fusion, the feelings hung upon the one - who stays away Why not simply stay alone?

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