Emmanuel Kane has never been a soldier, but he has great respect for those who have served and sacrificed for the freedom we hold so dear. “I have a good friend who served in the second World War. My son's godfather was a General in the U.S. Army. Some of my brothers in the Knights of Columbus served in Vietnam, and I have many friends and students who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the years, I have been touched by the stories they have told me about their military experiences. Stories about the horrible things they had to do, how they came to terms with those things, and their longing for home,” he says. Emmanuel Kane's Growing Flames: Fury and Lavender, is a brilliantly conceived poetic feast. The poet demonstrates a remarkable breadth of knowledge and a stirring imagination full of tropes and metaphors that truly make this a great book. Kane masters the history, literature, and moral ethics that makes his poetry live in the present. Using the military and martial examples he brings truth in words to life. Molefi Kete Asante, author of Facing South to Africa 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.
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About the Author
Emmanuel Kane is the pen name for Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi, former head of the Department of Language, Literature and Communication and at Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina. He currently serves as a senior communication consultant to various United Nations government agencies, including the United Nations’ Population Fund and Development Program. In addition, he has served as a commentator on Voice of America; BBC-Africa; West Africa Democracy Radio, and other radio and cable television stations in the U.S., Europe and Africa. He speaks about the challenges of local communities and emerging economies in the process of globalization. Growing Flames: Fury & Lavender is Kane’s fifth book of poetry. He also has five published novels: Leap in the Dark, Bo Aku, King of the Forest, The Unpaid Dowry, Dawn in Rage and When in met