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Growing Flames by Emmanuel Kane
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"Emanuel Kane writes about war and refugees. Here is the verse of headlines. This collection of poems is troubling. There is blood on many of the pages. It's a reminder that the present is a dangerous place to live. Kane writes about Isis and Miriam Makeba wailing from the grave. He knows the beautiful ones have yet to be born."
—E. Ethelbert Miller
"With powerful imagery and language, Emanuel Kane takes his readers to places where they may not want to go. No one wants to experience war, suffering and death, but the world can’t turn a blind eye to it either. Many of these poems are uncomfortable and hard to read, but poetry doesn’t have to be pretty. Kane pulls the reader from the comfort of a chair into a world of uncertainty, where many people live out their daily lives. This is not an uplifting book, but it is a call to action, a call to care for our fellow man."
—Jonathan K. Rice, Editor/Publisher, Iodine Poetry Journal
"Kane’s Growing Flames: Fury & Lavender is a collection of ninety-five poems divided into four sections. Each section addresses different perspective on war, political corruption, killer disease outbreaks, and depraved indifference. Each poem uniquely touches on personal effects to the human soul. His powerful words challenge us to be aware, to take a stand—to listen and hear, to look and to see. This book reaches your very corps with carefully crafted prose."
—Liane Larocque, Ph.D/editor/author
Growing Flames is a collection of poems about war. Through the poems set in three thematic areas—growing flames, fury, and lavender—the author hopes to inspire conversations about where America has been and its future.
Emmanuel Kane, born in Cameroon, has spent most of his life in the United States. He is the author of fourteen books including five poetry collections: Sim’s Poetic Column (ELTA, 1978); A Bush of Voices (Brunswick Publishing, 1989), Whispers on My Pillow (Book surge, 2003), Theaters of War (Plain View Press, 2006) and Growing Flames: Fury and Lavender (PRA Publishing, 2017). Other poems appear in Sankofa, Chapel Hill Press; Janus, La Colombe; The Mould, Yaoundé University Press; The Washington Review; Electric Acorn, Dublin, Ireland; Lynne Reiner Publishers; Symphony of Verse; New Poets of West Africa; Malthouse Press; New Horizons by Yaoundé University Press; Howard University Magazine, Sensations Magazine, www.Allpoetry.com, and more. He has won awards in poetry. He is Editor-in-Chief of a peer reviewed journal, serves on the editorial boards of eight journals and a member of the Poets and Writers, Inc., Charlotte Writers' Club and others. He has also taught in a number of universities in the US and abroad.