Before the Palm Could Bloom

Poems of Africa

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Before the Palm Could Bloom

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Distributed for New Issues Poetry and Prose

86 pages | 6 x 8 1/2
Paper $12.00 ISBN: 9780932826640 Published November 1998
In Before the Palm Could Bloom, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley writes poems of the Liberian civil war and of the devastation it has wrought: 200,000 dead –– including 50,000 children –– and 750,000 citizens forced to take refuge in neighboring countries. And in poems of village life and customs, the city life of Monrovia, the rites of childhood and adolescence, Wesley records for the reader a world that has been forever changed. Wesley’s poems incorporate many African voices, and range in tone from sorrow and longing, to humor and ironic wit. Wesley teaches African literature and other subjects at colleges in southwestern Michigan, where she now lives with her husband and four children.
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