Theaters of War
Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi
Theaters of War should be read aloud in juxtaposition to the blare of world news broadcasts, to appreciate Dr. Ngwainmbi's grasp and illustration of the ironies of our daily acceptance and condoning of hostile tribalization of modern mankind. The book is a treasure and must be appreciated as a mirror of our times.
Hank Daidone, Lt. Colonel of US Army (Retired)
Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi's verse is crisp yet full of imagistic details. His rhythmic pulse, enforced by love and war and a yearning for peace, and his fragmented references and repetitions have shock value, as well as delicious intellectual content. The mixture of these elements is powerful and appealing.
Dr. Leonard A. Slade, Jr., State University of New York at Albany
In an era when war for many in America presents itself as a rolling screen of names at the end of the nightly news, a voice speaks out strong and clear. Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi's anti-war feelings include expressions of goodness, the virtues of life and love. He superbly contrasts every day life with war-like descriptions, thoughts and feelings to unmask war's absurdity. His use of the commonplace makes every war, our war. The life he creates is so real, so ours, it is worth protecting. . . .the reader can't help but see the hypocrisy in killing for peace's sake.
Mary-Ellen Riddle, The Virginia Pilot
Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi brings us inside the fear, the sweat, the darkness, the breath, the heart and spirit of the warrior. In love, war, and peace these poems teach us how the heart is taught to aim, fire, surrender.
Jaki Shelton Green, Recipient of the 2003 NC Award in Literature and author of Dead on Arrival
For those of you who experienced his last book, Whispers on my pillow and other poems, you're in for a powerful, endearing journey via the poetic route taken by Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi.
Timothy F. Crowley, Poet/Editor/www.writersforpeace.org
Emmanuel Ngwainmbi is in love and he lets it flow throughout his poems, which yank us out of our reading chair and into the horrors of war, quiet contemplation of nature, and the human yearning for connection in desperate times.
Doug Stuber, Editor, Katherine James Books
ISBN: 978-1-891386-65-7, $14.95
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