THE TROPICAL DAWN, poems by S. Okechukwu Mezu

THE TROPICAL DAWN, poems by S. Okechukwu Mezu Poems with an introductory piece on poetry and revolution in modern Africa.



In far away Africa, there is “the Saharan sun ripping the morning clouds and courting village shrines”. There is a tropical dawn – after years of darkness, nights of sterile fright. Relics of the past, loves of adolecence open a new era of creation, a neo-genesis. Across the ocean and over in Philadelphia, it is Christmas Morning, snowy, bleak and empty. The mushroom clouds of modern technology threaten life itself. A Medgar Evers falls without a word. In the Tropical Dawn, the slow rhythm of traditional Africa combines with the violent notes of modern life to create new forms from old meanings.

Dr. S. Okechukwu Mezu born on April 30, 1941 in Owerri, Nigeria, left for further studies in the United States receiving in 1964 a B.A. in French and German from Georgetown Univeristy, an LL.B. in 1966 from La Salle Extension University and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the Johns Hopkins University in 1967. He also did research as a UNESCO Fellow at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris).
Dr. Mezu’s works include the following books: The Philosophy of Pan-Africanism; Leopold Sedar Senghor et la defense et illustration de la civilisation noire; a novel Behind the rising Sun; The Literary Works of Leopold Senghor, etc.