Mishaps and Other Poems

by Bill F. NDI

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 22/10/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781434396594

About the Book

The poems presented in Mishaps are highly varied, impressively experimental, sensitive and reflective across an astonishingly broad range of experience, and deeply moving in the richness of their humanity.   Through each of them, resonates Bill’s vision of poetry as a special annunciation and of the poet as seer, as spokesperson, recorder, analyst, adjudicator and above all, as the reminder to each of us of the best that is so easily lost to the deathly universe of habit and blunted perception, to both the deadening routines of daily life and domestic regimes and to the crueller hand of oppression, authoritarianism, and misused authority in all its forms, from the primitive imposition of will through brute power political gangsterism, corruption and ‘state-orchestrated perjury’, as he calls it in ‘Sights Along Abakwa Ring Road’, through to the often less identifiable and far more insidious regimes of international finance, World Bank, ‘Black Debt’, and the hidden swindlings of the international monetary system.  A collection full of richness and diversity everyone should read in its entirety.

Michael Meehan (Writer & Critic, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)

About the Author

Bill, poet, playwright, storyteller and critic, was born in Bamunka, Ndop, North West Province of Cameroon. At four, he went to live with his grandmother and attend primary school.


He was educated in Cameroon, Nigeria and France.


He has taught at various Universities: the Paris School of Languages, Paris Cergy-Pontoise University, the University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He now lives in Melbourne where he teaches at Deakin University.

He is the author of several books of poems, including  K'Cracy, Trees in the Storm and Other Poems, Epigrams Maybe. And a play, Gods in the Ivory Towers. In French translation, A Fighting Sailor Turn’d Peaceable Christian. Bill F. NDI is currently working on three collections of Poems and two plays.