Bankole Jones Writes New Romantic Poetic Memoirs of Native Land

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With visions of African life, scenery, and love, work rises above temporal realities of war and poverty

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Over the Years is a collection of poems about war, poverty, life and love written in four countries in two continents between the 1993 and 2000. Readers will join Louis Bankole Jones in this emotional journey – from the painful experience of witnessing anarchy and wanton destruction firsthand, through joy in simply living and loving, to moments of exhilaration in nature’s rich and beautiful bounty.

The author will welcome you to a specifically African viewpoint in an Afrocentric world. Despite everything, Africa lives on. History has given it and those whose life and love is Africa this cycle of war and poverty.
Things, as the Ecclesiastes poet says, have seasons each their own.

Readers will certainly enjoy reading Bankole’s volume. Rich in images of the inextricably entwined themes of life and love, the book rises far above poverty and violence that seems to be endemic to infamous regions in Africa. One will appreciate the poet's effort to record his poems with the stylized symbolism of photo illustrations - to have the scene echo what is said. Its effect is to let word and photo imagery seep in, to let the reader breathe into memory Bankole Jones’ visions of African ideals.

This book will be featured at the New Jersey Library Association Book Exhibit in Atlantic City, N.J. on June 5-6, 2012.

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About the Author
Louis Bankole Jones was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa. He studied pre-clinical medicine at the University of Heidelberg Germany and graduated with an M.B.chB. from the University of Sierra Leone. He is also ECFMG-certified MD in the USA. Dr. Jones immigrated to the US as a refugee from Conakry, Guinea in 1999 following a rebel incursion into Freetown at the height of the civil war in Sierra Leone. He lives with his wife and son in South Brunswick, New Jersey. He is a keen tennis player, follows international cricket and soccer, and enjoys reading fiction.

Over the Years * by Louis Bankole Jones
(a collection of poems)
Publication Date: September 24, 2011
Picture Book; $21.99; 26 pages; 978-1-4653-6842-3

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