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Becoming Ebony

Becoming Ebony - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0809325177

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ISBN13: 978-0809325177
ISBN10: 0809325179
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Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: S. Illinois U. Press
Published: 2003
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Becoming Ebony - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0809325177

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

ISBN13: 978-0809325177
ISBN10: 0809325179
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: S. Illinois U. Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Recapturing the celebratory voice of Africa in poems that are both contemporary and traditional, Liberian-born Patricia Jabbeh Wesley weaves lyrical storytelling with oral history and images of Africa and America, revealing powerful insights about the relationship between strength and tragedy--and finding reason to celebrate even in the presence of war, difficulties, and death. Rooted in myths that can be traced to the Grebo tradition, Becoming Ebony portrays Liberian-born Wesley's experiences of village talk and civil war as well as her experiences of the pain of her mother's death and the difficulties of rearing a family away from home in the United States, and explores the questions of living in the African Diaspora. Turning on the African proverb of ''the wandering child'' and the metaphor of the ebony tree--which is beautiful in life and death-- these poems delve into issues of human suffering and survival, plainly and beautifully chronicling what happens ''after the sap is gone.''

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