Praise Song for My Children: New and Selected Poems

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Autumn House Press
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5.4 X 0.6 X 9.2 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is the author of five collections of poetry, including When the Wanderers Come Home, Where the Road Turns, The River is Rising, and Becoming Ebony. She lives in Altoona, PA.


"These are affirming poems-songs, truly. . . . The power of Wesley's collected work here is established in the book's first poem, 'Some of Us Are Made of Steel, ' blessedly inspirational verse for a world that needs it"-- "The Millions"
"To have so many of Patricia Jabbeh Wesley's remarkable poems in one volume is like holding a treasure chest or genie's bottle--objects that are valued but hard to find, objects that once opened or rubbed explode into the world. Like these poems. As a survivor of civil war in Liberia and as a survivor of cancer, she has an exile's love for the world with all of its limitations and longings, but also its small joys and consolations. She embraces what she can in her protective arms and in these poems. Indeed, she is a woman warrior who tells her truths with force and clarity. She doesn't have the luxury of mincing her words, and we are all the better for it. Listen up."
--Jim Daniels, author of The Middle Ages "The Millions"
"Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is unequivocal about the uses of poetry, of her poetry--she is determined to trade in truth, in the power of experience, in the beauty of language to alarm and delight and in the challenge she willingly bears to be an instrument of witness and articulation for her people--for Africa, for women, for the lovers of poetry. In Praise Song for My Children, we encounter a poet at the height of her skills and at the height of her clarity about the world and what things must be spoken into it. But we are blessed to be given an insight into how she arrives at this place of power--it is a remarkable selection of some of the most urgent poems to emerge out of the wars of Liberia. Here is work of incredible joy, deepest lamentation, and necessary hope. It is a sure testament."--Kwame Dawes "The Millions"