The Leaving

“Poignant and valuable”–The Washington Post

a new chapbook from Hope Wabuke,
part of the New Generations African Poets Series

the leaving cover


“Hope Wabuke’s The Leaving is a powerful examination of the African experience through the eyes of a new generation of African women poets living in the Diaspora. With her carefully arranged lyrical verse in vivid images, she tells the story of her life as a child, born in exile, and forced to live an exiled existence against the backdrop of biblical images of another exiled people. As if these were the stories again of the exodus of God’s people from slavery in search of the promised land, her strong, sometimes narrative voice is both haunting and engaging.”— Patricia Jabbeh Wesley