Monday, July 28, 2008


After Shocks
The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events

An anthology of 152 poems by 115 poets from 15 nations
all speaking the language of recovery

With chapters on recovery from Grief, War, Exile, Divorce, Abuse, Bigotry, Illness, Injury, Addiction, Loss of innocence.

Including three U.S. Poets Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize Winner, a Whitbread Book of the Year winner, a Whitbread Poetry Award winner, two Lannan Award winners, two Forward Prize winners, the poets laureate of three states or commonwealths.

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Praise for After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events

“Editor Tom Lombardo has assembled nothing less than an atlas of recovery for our time, a book brimming with various maps of the journey through suffering, despair, survival, restoration, and hope. Each poem here glimmers with an experiential and artistic wisdom that shows us how suffering can be endured, how loss can be accepted, and how the meanings of death can be transformed and turned toward an affirmation of life.”
— Fred Marchant, author of Full Moon Boat, Director, Creative Writing, Suffolk University

“This international collection of poetry can serve as an aid in promoting compassion and courage. We draw courage from those on a similar path. Our stories, whether personal or professional, are about transitions, and the story continues to unfold.”
— Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., Editor of Journal of Poetry Therapy, Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work, Florida State University

“After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events is a book that seeks to stand up and walk among us as a living thing, a force to activate the good and prepare us to weather the bad. Let it stand and not be taken down. Let it live in our lives as readers.”
— Afaa Michael Weaver, author of The Plum Flower Dance, Alumnae Professor of English, Simmons College

“The sum of these poems is to tell the truth and by the telling to find relief and sometimes healing. The ones who read and hear these poems can share the loss that is so common among us, and perhaps also share the healing that comes through bold voice.”
— Walter Brueggemann, Ph.D., author of Finally Comes the Poet, Biblical Scholar, Columbia Theological Seminary

“This anthology is of national and international significance. It is a collection that crosses and embraces all boundaries—culture, class, gender, and race. It takes us into the hardest places human beings have to go—the failures of personal relationships, loss of loved ones, genocide, racial oppression, addiction, loss of innocence, marginalization, and more. And, yet, each section moves, finally, toward a place of hope and dignity and resilience.”
— Cathy Smith Bowers, author of The Candle I Hold Up To See You, Faculty, Queens University of Charlotte MFA Program.
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The poets in After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events

Rita Dove Simon Armitage Carol Dine Douglas Dunn Cathy Smith Bowers Patricia Wellingham-Jones Donald Hall Carol Ann Duffy Molly Gloss Thomas Lux Pam Bernard Elizabeth Bernardin Sandor Kányádi Stellasue Lee Doug Anderson Jim McGarrah Sonja Besford Martha Collins Rachel Tzvia Back Brian Turner Nazand Begikhani Liu Hongbin Paul Sohar Satyendra Srivastava Marjorie Wentworth Diana Woodcock Majid Naficy Shelley Davidow J. P. Dancing Bear Margaret Chula Major Jackson Lisha Adela Garcia Ron Rash Annie Finch Barbara Mitchell Roseann Lloyd Joy Helsing Nehassaiu deGannes Peter Cooley Paul Allen R. G. Evans Barbara G.S. Hagerty Clinton B. Campbell Iain Haley Pollock Laurel Blossom Willie James King Satyendra Srivastava Georgia Ann Banks-Martin Kevin Young Tolu Ogunlesi Meir Wieseltier Randall Horton Richard Garcia György Faludy Bette Lynch Husted William Stafford Terri Wolfe J. Stephen Rhodes Gail Rudd Entrekin Anthony S. Abbott Faye J. Hoops Annie Finch Farideh Hassanzadeh Rebecca McClanahan Sister Lou Ella Hickman Anna Rabinowitz David Bottoms Janet Winans Stellasue Lee Alexa Selph Dennis Ward Stiles Renée Michele Breeden Ellen Doré Watson Joseph Mills Liesl Jobson Deborah P. Kolodji Aimee Nezhukumatathil Kurtis Lamkin C.C. Thomas Barbara Presnell Naomi Ruth Lowinsky Jericho Brown Therése Halscheid Becky Thompson John McAllister J. E. Pitts William Greenway Susan Varon Shaindel Beers Genie Cotner Marcia Slatkin David Bottoms Barbara Mitchell Joan Houlihan Jenni Meredith Rhett Iseman Trull Pramila Venkateswaran Diane Holland Valerie Nieman Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda Susan Meyers Meir Wieseltier Satyendra Srivastava Joseph Enzweiler Jane Gentry Rachel Eliza Griffiths Gail Peck Jennifer Barber Ilya Kaminsky Allison Hedge Coke Steven Cramer Linda Annas Ferguson Kevin Simmonds Gail Rudd Entrekin Nancy Tupper Ling Carole Baldock Deema Shehabi Kate Gale Jeffrey Levine Bernardo Atxaga

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