Dear Readers and Followers:
My new book is out! Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. It contains my published poems of many forms, including hundreds of the Japanese forms like haiku. It is 236 pages and is part reference with essays and prose passages on poetry that will inspire you to write. It also contains multiples resource lists that will give you ideas on where to get published; teaching/speaking ideas; contest ideas; ideas for getting interviewed by the media; and poetry readings and exhibit ideas. Get ideas to showcase your poems! You will not only learn about promoting your work, but more broadly, how to promote poetry, in general, and the public’s awareness of it as an enjoyable and accessible art form. Further, my book contains a Bibliography of books/anthologies that contain many healing poems, including the Japanese forms, and common other forms by well-known poets.
Here is the press release below:
Heal Yourself: Discover the Healing Art of Poetry
WINNETKA, IL– In our lives, we face fears, pain, loneliness, struggles and grief. We need to heal, and take personal responsibility for managing our lives.
In Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, we learn about gratitude for life’s moments, ordinary or grand. Acclaimed Poet Charlotte Digregorio’s healing poems speak to us, often with joy/humor.
“Poetry captures our moments that initially may seem ordinary, but that reveal peace and wisdom, helping us get through life,” she says. “Poetry heals. We find solace in others’ experiences, even relatable ones we haven’t had.”
Her book, endorsed by psychotherapists and award-winning authors alike, isn’t just of poems for readers. It is a self-help book with essays and prose in each of its twelve sections, and exhaustive Appendices that inspire either aspiring or experienced poets to write as a healing exercise. It includes an Introduction on poetry as a healing art.
“Many times in our lives, we hear psychologists in the media advise us to write about our trials or to journal,” Digregorio says. “Since poetry heals, it’s wise to not only read it, but to write it,” she suggests. She offers exhaustive ideas for writers and aspiring ones to excel and to network with others in this healing art.
In this artistically-designed book, readers learn about poetic forms; receive ideas for capturing poetic moments; become inspired to write poems that speak to all; and refine their writing.
Digregorio’s indefatigable writing packs a strong poetic punch. This award-winning poet has the courage to face truths about love, loss, aging, birth, death, life’s upside down nature–the full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged/invigorated. Without question, she’s a beneficial presence in this world. I have a high regard for her fresh and poignant poems. –Robert Epstein, Psychotherapist and Author of Healing into Haiku: On Illness and Pain
Readers also learn about making their poetry visible to the public through national/community outlets, so the art of poetry is increasingly recognized as a healing one, just as the visual arts are. One essay instructs on how to make poetry visible by, for example, organizing events and partnering with organizations. There is information on where to publish one’s poetry and promote it through print/broadcast outlets; cultural/art/literary associations; and businesses. There are ideas for speaking and leading poetry workshops, for example, to network with others and share one’s literary art in difficult times.
The book has a comprehensive Bibliography of healing poetry collections; Appendices with ample lists of journals, general-interest publications, media/cultural/literary organizations and particular businesses that recognize poets through awards, interviews, readings, workshops, and poetry exhibits.
This collection has hundreds of the author’s poems, divided into thematic sections. Among them are: Nostalgia, Peace, Creatures, Seasons’ Potpourri, and Art. Each section contains inspiring prose with information on crafting poems.
We’re inspired by Digregorio’s images extolling nature’s majesty and her leisurely street/public place scenes. We need calm to problem-solve through illness, family deaths, broken relationships, and other traumas. This book is the pathway to finding peace.
Note: This book is available through Amazon, and autographed copies are available through me. You can contact me, Charlotte Digregorio at email@example.com.
Copyright 2020 by Charlotte Digregorio.