Personal Poetry for Public Use

Personal Poetry for Public Use

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Stephanie Debry believes that nothing is a purer outpouring of the soul into language than poetry. The poems in this collection give voice to experiences that are universal and to aspects of her thought life that are unique to her personal history and reading. They also reflect different eras of her life, as some of them were written as long ago as her college years in the late 1960s, while most were written more recently. The poems therefore in some sense mirror her spiritual and intellectual evolution over many years. Many of them were moments of spontaneous joy and beauty that she attempted to capture on any handy scrap of paper; others are the result of a disciplined effort to share truths she feels blessed to have perceived from living and from study. She began to compile this book after attending a writing conference in 2015. There she added knowledge of new trends in poetry to the history of poetry with which she was already familiar as a student of English and American Literature who has also taught those subjects. This book celebrates poetry of all kinds - popular poetry as well as literary poetry, rhymed poetry as well as free verse, the silly and the serious. A significant amount of this collection is devoted to a genre called the essay poem. Readers will also see poetry of confession - poems written by people from all over the world who have survived genocide. For them poetry dealing with their ordeals is both cathartic and imbued with missionary zeal - an effort to finally put a halt to man's inhumanity to man. The author says her own poetry about genocide is second-hand, thankfully. But much of the poetry here, essay as well as rhymed, deals with her effort to encourage people of think outside of political boxes so we can work together to find solutions to problems of the new millennium.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 6mm | 213g
  • Chb Media
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1513613715
  • 9781513613710