PAWA’S BOOK OF THE WEEK Week 23 (Second Edition)

HARROW: LONDON POEMS OF CONVALESCENCE is a unique, collection of poems by the well known Gambian author, Tijan M Sallah.

Simple, reflective, and in rhymes, the poems depart from the poet’s usual free verse style.

The poems deal with the near-death experience of a pedestrian hit by a car in London, and the agony of pain while recovering, and the magic of healing.

These are poems tied to a specific traumatic incident and meant to get the author out of the bad situation of having his broken bones healed.

The poems are a catharsis. They are poems, as the poet himself notes, “of looking up when you are down”.

Tijan M. Sallah is Gambia’s most famous living poet and one of Africa’s most significant writers. His works have appeared in several major African poetry and short story anthologies.

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