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by ralph geeplay             Where The Road Turns

 

This is not a book that was just published. It has been out for  about 5 years. But having just read it, decided would review, and why not? *Where The Road Turns* is a handsomely written book of poetry by the Liberian writer Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, deservedly praised by readers everywhere.

Published in 2010, this mouth-watering collection is a flock of many themes with no dull moment. Wesley speaks from the heart and penned a volume, which takes a reader on a roller coaster as she narrates the awful tales of war masterly weaved in rhymes and verses about life during the civil unrest and the woes she experienced in her native Liberia before being transplanted in North America.  Wesley’s voice is superb in the chapters preceding, plaiting a lovely language busied with radiance.

What the reader gets from reading this collection are tales of love, the densities and shades of life, and the grand qualities of the human spirit for—survival. As a woman writer, Jabbeh Wesley pays tribute to motherhood and sisterly embrace.

‘Where the Road Turns’ is also a book that tells a Liberian tale, but garnered are themes that are also universal; as the poems speak virtually to the reader, it mesmerizes and cajoles.  There’s tempo to the lines as Wesley narrates quietly a Liberian tragedy which visited the country, denying her the otherwise peaceful life that was, before a horrid crisis befell the West African country. There is subtleness to her writing, but underneath this powerfully laid voice is a fury and ire from knowing and seeing war.

Published by autumn press in Pittsburg, this is a 115-page
paperback. “If I Could Write A Poem About Love” and “Each Waking Moment,” are compliments to the healing and forgiveness. On page 21 she writes:

*If I could write a poem about love*

*I’d write a slender one*

*About a jaybird that sits on my deck*

*When the sun has been out so long*

*Over the humping cliffs*

And in “Each Waking Moment” on page 15, Patricia beguiles her audience about the beauty of life, thankful for living and being alive, and the everyday’s little pleasures that we almost certainly take for granted.

*I love my morning on a hill*

*Each waking moment, the rustling brush,*

*Each silent cricket, the squirrel wakes*

It is this beautifully unmistaken verse that has earned the book praise.  Was delighted to have gotten in the mail.

Wesley teaches English at Pennsylvania State University, Atoona. She has written four books of poetry, a children’s book *“In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea,”* and recently published by One Moore Book Publishers.

The book is available on Amazon
<https://www.amazon.ca/Where-Turns-Patricia-Jabbeh-Wesley/dp/1932870407>

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