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Poet and editor Tom Lombardo brings together 115 poets from 15 nations with After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. This brilliant collection bears messages of recovery to its readers from the raw beginnings to long-term acceptance, delivered through the language of poetry: Grief, War, Exile, Abuse, Divorce, Addiction, Injury, Illness, Bigotry, Los Poet and editor Tom Lombardo brings together 115 poets from 15 nations with After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. This brilliant collection bears messages of recovery to its readers from the raw beginnings to long-term acceptance, delivered through the language of poetry: Grief, War, Exile, Abuse, Divorce, Addiction, Injury, Illness, Bigotry, Loss of Innocence. After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events is filled with clarity of story, emotion, voice, music, and language, with hope that readers will find comfort, guidance, companionship, and healing.


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Poet and editor Tom Lombardo brings together 115 poets from 15 nations with After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. This brilliant collection bears messages of recovery to its readers from the raw beginnings to long-term acceptance, delivered through the language of poetry: Grief, War, Exile, Abuse, Divorce, Addiction, Injury, Illness, Bigotry, Los Poet and editor Tom Lombardo brings together 115 poets from 15 nations with After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events. This brilliant collection bears messages of recovery to its readers from the raw beginnings to long-term acceptance, delivered through the language of poetry: Grief, War, Exile, Abuse, Divorce, Addiction, Injury, Illness, Bigotry, Loss of Innocence. After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events is filled with clarity of story, emotion, voice, music, and language, with hope that readers will find comfort, guidance, companionship, and healing.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisha Adela

    Tom Lombardo did an amazing job of organizing 115 poets from 15 countries in a global tribute to healing. There is recovery from exile, war, and the death of a spouse to name a few. I think this is a valuable resource for any teacher, counselor or writer.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    O.K. I have a poem in this book so objectivity may have gone out of the window, so take a look at the press release. HPress Contact: Marjory Wentworth [email protected] (843) 971-6930 For immediate INTRODUCING 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 (Atlanta, GA) September 1, 2008 -- Sante Lucia Books is pleased to announce publication of a ground-breaking anthology, entitled Af O.K. I have a poem in this book so objectivity may have gone out of the window, so take a look at the press release. HPress Contact: Marjory Wentworth [email protected] (843) 971-6930 For immediate INTRODUCING 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 (Atlanta, GA) September 1, 2008 -- Sante Lucia Books is pleased to announce publication of a ground-breaking anthology, entitled After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events, edited by Tom Lombardo. The anthology comprises 152 poems by 115 poets from 15 nations, including: 3 U.S. Poets Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, 2 Whitbread Prize winners, and many others. Chapters cover stories of recovery from Grief, War, Exile, Abuse, Divorce, Bigotry, Illness, Injury, Addiction, and Loss of Innocence. The anthology grew out of the editor’s personal experience surviving the death of his spouse when he was in his early 30s. “I was a young widower, and over the years since then, I've spoken with others going through similar trauma, trying to come to terms with my own grief and what it meant for my continuing life. After receiving my MFA in Creative Writing, and turning my writing more toward poetry, I came to realize that poetry could help express the hope and the will to live that eventually springs from these life-shattering events,” said Tom Lombardo. Early Praise for After Shocks: 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, The Candle I Hold Up To See You This wonderful and important anthology…is a solid act of generosity…a gift of testimony from poets across a broad range of experience and language, poems that tell us we can gather ourselves from the shock of upset and loss in life and continue…After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery 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. —Afaa Michael Weaver, Author, The Plum Flower Dance 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, Decatur, Georgia In this collection of poetry, recovery…speaks to transformation and hope…Many of these poems can help individuals acknowledge the reality of their losses and develop an understanding that helps them continue on their life's journey…This international collection of poetry can serve as an aid in promoting compassion and courage. We draw courage from those on a similar path. —Nicholas D. Mazza, Ph.D., editor of Journal of Poetry Therapy Blog Link: my link text

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shaindel

    It just came today, and my poem, "A Study in Weights and Measures" is in it. I haven't looked at it yet, but I know from press releases, etc., that a lot of great writers are included in this important collection. It just came today, and my poem, "A Study in Weights and Measures" is in it. I haven't looked at it yet, but I know from press releases, etc., that a lot of great writers are included in this important collection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    R.G. Evans

    My copy just arrived today. Donald Hall, Rita Dove, Thomas Lux and others. Some really powerful pieces from what I've seen so far, and really strongly written forewards and introdction. Look for a ontributors' reading in the New York / NJ area sometime in the future. My copy just arrived today. Donald Hall, Rita Dove, Thomas Lux and others. Some really powerful pieces from what I've seen so far, and really strongly written forewards and introdction. Look for a ontributors' reading in the New York / NJ area sometime in the future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    Eclectic collection of poetry, including translations. The book is divided into sections defined by a life altering issue.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Loved it. Poignant, approachable, very human. Such a great variety of writers, and such necessary, universal topics. Highly recommended!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Lauzon

    Awesome especially Barbara Mitchell's poems Awesome especially Barbara Mitchell's poems

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    Jahnavi

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    Scott Holstad

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    Mike

    How could I not rate this five stars? Love you Tom.

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    Michael

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    Meen

    Cool!

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    Michael Passafiume

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    Jim McGarrah

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