Before the Palm Could Bloom
Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa
Author: Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
Publish: 1998
Publisher: New Issues Poetry and Prose
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780932826640
Pages: 86
Description:

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.

Author Details:

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is an award-winning Liberian (African Diaspora) poet and writer and Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University. She is a Liberian Civil War survivor who immigrated to the United States with her family in 1991 and the author of five books of poetry.