Title: The Long Body that Connects Us All
Author: Rich Marcello
The Long Body that Connects Us All by Rich Marcello is a large collection of poetry divided between three parts. The entire collection of poetry seems to look back on the past and all the changes one experiences over the course of their life. Marcello uses the three parts to separate the poems by overt themes. Yet, despite the division, the reader can be carried smoothly through the entire collection.
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Title: Real Raw Hope
Author: Rio McKee
Real Raw Hope is a book of poetry inspired by Rio McKee’s history of trauma and journey towards recovery. McKee shares in the Introduction that she survived an active shooting on her college campus. The trauma of this event prompted her to unlock a larger and deeper history of trauma. The poetry gives voice to the events and pains McKee had silently held secret for so long. This process contributed to McKee’s healing, and she hopes sharing her work will help others feel less alone in their own pains.
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By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept
Synopsis: One day, while browsing in a London bookshop, Elizabeth Smart chanced upon a slim volume of poetry by George Barker – and fell passionately in love with him through the printed word. Eventually they communicated directly and, as a result of Barker’s impoverished circumstances, Elizabeth Smart flew both him and his wife from Japan, where he was teaching, to join her in the United States.
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