Healing Stingsby: Perpetua Lola
Healing Stings is an astonishing collection of poems that depict a society battling social, global and postcolonial challenges. Through a combination of terse and elegantly composed verse, this collection provides viable tools with which to overcome the hassles and possibly check the erosion of time-honoured moral values.
Healing Stings is an astonishing collection of poems that depict a society battling social, global and postcolonial challenges. Through a combination of terse and elegantly composed verse, this collection provides viable tools with which to overcome the hassles and possibly check the erosion of time-honoured moral values. Using the linguistic channels of distinction, perception and representation, the discourses of moods, subjectivity, atmosphere, generic hybridity amongst others, Healing Stings demonstrates that social ills like corruption, greed, intolerance, delinquency, chauvinism, gender-sensitive biases, and religious and cultural prejudices can be curbed and society made a better place. This is premised on the assumption that the right tools such as social dialogue, patriotism, love, tolerance, honesty, good governance, personal and communal creative initiatives, and the change of mentality should be harnessed for improvement, educating, mending, and governing. By changing our attitudes within the context of unity in diversity, we are guaranteed a set of resources that will bring about development, security, national unity and peace building.
Praise for “Healing Stings”
“Lola’s thirst for a society where that which slows growth is tamed, while peace, security, tolerance, unity and national integration thrive, is realized through skilful deployment of lush imagery and trans-generic complex structures”
-Dr. Nforbin Gerald Niba, Literary Critic
“P.K Nkamanyang Lola dissects her society and proposes a new humanity that is built on tolerance, respect for one another as well as mutual understanding and collective responsibility. She makes us understand that she has a profound knowledge of the way her society functions and how the structures affects mankind. Yet as a “poet thinker”, she does not seem to see the human predicament as a fatality and therefore, through artistry, Lola, in this collection, neatly craves for alternatives that place humanity over materialism, greed and gender barriers. Healing Stings is poetry with a therapeutic intention; it illuminates, enriches and leads the reader to meditation and contemplation. The poems are wonderfully composed with the penchant for local colour and musicality and so, readers will find pleasure reading the lines of this veritable singer.”
-Dr. Kelvin Ngong Toh, Playwright and Poet, University of Bamenda
“A highly didactic and exceedingly fertile collection, using as vehicles of expression, a profusion of landscape and body imagery. Through language of feelings, moods and emotions, and through skilful deployment of orality, satire, humour, allegory, and drama, Lola convincingly recreates the cultural history, memorial cultures and colonial legacies of a community.”
-Lilian Lem Atanga, Associate Professor, Gender and Discourse Studies
“Perpetua Lola’s poetry reveals unique passion and insight which prod deep reflections on varied and compelling themes invaluable for individual and national illumination. Her style goes straight to the limbic system, giving poetry appreciation a scintillating perspective. Coming from a maestro in Literary Criticism, this collection is exemplary for Literature syllabuses from Secondary School to Higher Education.”
-Peter Suh-Nfor Tangyie, Co-ordinator, Anglophone Cameroon Writers Association (ACWA), NW/W Regions
Publisher: Spears Media Press
Publish Date: 2016
Page Count: 168