In My Shoes My Poetic Journey From Abuse To Victory

Author: Lyn Crain
ISBN: 1483454649
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In the 1950s, the phrase "confessional poetry" gained popularity initially with Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton. This form of the written word gave artists a way to discuss private, painful events in their own lives without actually sharing every minute detail with the world. In My Shoes poetically portrays Lyn Crain's journey through cancer, as well as physical and emotional abuse. Her poetry is written from the heart and can be titillating or terrifying in a world that is often more black than white. Crain felt the need to use her voice to share her story and, in turn, open the discussion for women suffering under similar circumstances. Crain is grateful that domestic violence is not a taboo subject anymore, however very few poets have addressed the subject in any length. Silence enables, but by raising voices, it is possible to also raise awareness that domestic violence will no longer be accepted as the norm.

Black Butterfly

Author: Lorna Jackie Wilson
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1496918762
Size: 29.62 MB
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Black Butterfly is a compilation of poetry that speaks to the silence of loss, to the fight for families, and the love for foster children; it speaks wholeness to the fatherless, healing to the broken, and hope when faith and determination are all that remain! This is a young girl's journey, pre and post, foster care. This journey embodies real-life issues through faith-based reflections; it showcases circumstances that impact social and emotional development through a lens of determination. THIS IS THE JOURNEY - THE VICTORY!

A Good Day Anyway

Author: Dave W. Massey
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781419669941
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Anyone affected by cancer will receive a feeling of hope from A GOOD DAY ANYWAY by Dave Massey. He started writing poems during his second battle with cancer as a gift for his daughter, and found a unique way to share his encouraging story of survival. This inspiring poetic journal is sure to have a positive impact on others who are looking for their miracle. “Dave Massey's poems recall the pathos, fear and deep appreciation of life that cancer brings. He conveys a lighthearted optimism without trivializing the circumstances. The moments he describes will be recognized by all of us who see or experience any severe illness.” --- Jayne Gurtler, MD, FACP Oncology and Internal Medicine “ A GOOD DAY ANYWAY is true and sincere. It should be a staple in every Oncology clinic, office, and center. Cancer survivors need an honest, personal representation from someone who has been there. Dave nailed it here. Bravo!”--- Christian McEvoy President of the Challenge America Foundation

I Am In Here

Author: Elizabeth M. Bonker
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441237844
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She looked into my eyes and blinked hers slowly and deliberately, like a stroke victim, to show me that although she couldn't speak, she understood what I was saying to her. I stroked her hair softly. 'I know you're in there, honey,' I told her. 'We'll get you out.'" Despite the horror of seeing fifteen-month-old Elizabeth slip away into autism, her mother knew that her bright little girl was still in there. When Elizabeth eventually learned to communicate, first by using a letterboard and later by typing, the poetry she wrote became proof of a glorious, life-affirming victory for this young girl and her family. I Am in Here is the spiritual journey of a mother and daughter who refuse to give up hope, who celebrate their victories, and who keep trying to move forward despite the obstacles. Although she cannot speak, Elizabeth writes poetry that shines a light on the inner world of autism and the world around us. That poetry and her mother's stirring storytelling combine in this inspirational book to proclaim that there is always a reason to take the next step forward--with hope.

River Flow

Author: David Whyte
ISBN: 9781932887280
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This newly revised edition contains the most up to date versions of poems from David's first five volumes of poetry: Songs for Coming Home, Where Many Rivers Meet, Fire in the Earth, The House of Belonging and Everything is Waiting for You, as well as the latest versions of the new poems that originally appeared in the first edition of River Flow.

This Is My Century

Author: Margaret Walker
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820345970
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In selecting Margaret Walker as the recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1942—making her the first African American to receive this national literary award—Stephen Vincent Benét proclaimed hers a vibrant new voice, finding in her collection For My People “a controlled intensity of emotion and a language that, at times, even when it is most modern, has something of a surge of biblical poetry.” Today, more than seventy years later, Walker’s voice still resonates with particular power. Addressing the literature and culture of black America, This Is My Century, first published in 1989, marked a significant contribution to American poetry, bringing together Walker’s selection of one hundred of her own poems. On the eve of the centennial of Walker’s birth, the University of Georgia Press is proud to reissue this classic of American letters. In addition to her award-winning debut collection, the volume includes Prophets for a New Day (1970), a celebration of the civil rights movement; October Journey (1973), a collection of autobiographical and dedicatory poems; and thirty-seven previously uncollected poems.

Poets In Their Youth

Author: Eileen Simpson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374713006
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In 1942, Eileen Simpson—then Eileen Mulligan—married John Berryman. Both were in their twenties; Eileen had just graduated from Hunter College and John had but one slim volume of poetry to his name. They moved frequently—from New York to Boston, then Princeton—chasing jobs, living simply, relying on the hospitality of more successful friends like Robert Lowell and Jean Stafford, or R. P. Blackmur and his wife, Helen. Rounding out their circle of intimates were other struggling poets like Randall Jarrell and Delmore Schwartz. Berryman alternately wrote and despaired of writing. Everyone stayed up late arguing about poetry. Poets in Their Youth is a portrait of their marriage, yes, but it is also a portrait of a group of spectacularly intelligent friends at a particular time, in a particular place, all aflame with literature. Simpson's recollections are so tender, her narrative so generous, it is almost possible to imagine the story has a different ending—even as Schwartz's marriage crumbles, as Lowell succumbs to a manic episode, as her own relationship with Berryman buckles under the strain of his drinking, his infidelity, his depression. Filled with winning anecdotes and moments of startling poignancy, Simpson's now classic memoir shows some of the most brilliant literary minds of the second half of the twentieth century at their brightest and most achingly human.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Author: Maya Angelou
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748122346
Size: 54.16 MB
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Maya Angelou's seven volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover. 'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou

Shoe Dog

Author: Phil Knight
ISBN: 9781471146718
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In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of start-ups, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all start-ups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognisable symbols in the world today. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, he tells his story. Candid, humble, wry and gutsy, he begins with his crossroads moment when at 24 he decided to start his own business. He details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream - along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls how his first band of partners and employees soon became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything. A memoir rich with insight, humour and hard-won wisdom, this book is also studded with lessons - about building something from scratch, overcoming adversity, and ultimately leaving your mark on the world.