Heal Yourself with this Book

We all need healing. Healing involves facing your disappointments, pain, trauma, and grief. It also involves feeling moments of joy and humor. Poetry speaks to us all. It changes how we see ourselves, others, and our world.

Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing will put you on the path to healing. You’ll likely be inspired to write your own poetry.

In Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, Charlotte Digregorio has the all-too-uncommon ability to put the reader in the poet’s place. One does not read, so much as experience her poems. Closing my eyes, many of these poems could have been memories from my own past. These very personal poems become personal to the reader. The poet uses words as her brush, and all senses are stimulated.

–Ignatius Fay, Poet and Co-Author of Breccia

Digregorio’s book of 236 pages isn’t just of poems of many different forms 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. It also includes multiple lists of ideas for poets seeking publication, readings, exhibits of their work, teaching/speaking engagements, media interviews, and contests. Further, it includes a vast bibliography of poetry collections and anthologies that contain healing poems.

Here are just a few of the many testimonials that are streaming in:

 

An affecting collection. Charlotte Digregorio finds lyricism in solitude, finds reason to celebrate and transform into art the trifles in our gritty lives. These are poems of great skill, poems with a generous heart by a writer who cherishes the luminous particulars of every moment.

Marsh Muirhead, Poet and Author of last night of the carnival

 

Digregorio’s poetry is healing, gets you through tough times, and saves lives. Nuanced by childhood memories of oceans and jagged monoliths, of black bear and elk, she shares through reflection and meditation, poems with a spaciousness that speak of acceptance and gratitude for what is. She is like the sculptor in one of her poems, “creating equilibrium and harmony.” Digregorio reaches out and invites the reader to join her in solitude, share thoughts and observations. There’s an exuberance of life here that cannot help but touch you.

–Mary Jo Balistreri, Poet and Author of Still

 

In Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, award-winning poet Charlotte Digregorio offers readers an array of poems that delve deeply into the external, her Midwest surroundings, and the internal, the nature of her creativity. Digregorio’s delectable collection is one to be savored again and again.

 

–Roberta Beary, Poet & Author of The Unworn Necklace

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The poems of Charlotte Digregorio possess a clarity of vision one seldom finds in contemporary verse. The images she creates are vibrant and alive. We Baby Boomers identify with her all too well.

 

– John J. Dunphy, Author of Touching Each Tree

 

Charlotte Digregorio’s indefatigable writing packs a strong poetic punch. This award-winning poet has the courage to face the truth about love, loss, aging, birth, death, and the upside down nature of life– the full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged and invigorated by her poetry. Without question, Digregorio is a beneficial presence in this world, and I have a high regard for her fresh and poignant poems.

 

–Robert Epstein, Psychotherapist & Author: Healing into Haiku: On Illness and Pain

 

The bumper sticker on my car reads: “Nature: Cheaper than Therapy.” As an adjunct to nature’s treatment plan, however, I would prescribe Charlotte Digregorio’s Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. Her imagistic poems wind through diverse relational and emotional terrain, and never lose touch with the natural healing qualities of acceptance, wonder, gratitude, and harmony.

 

–Mike Stinson, Psychotherapist, Poet & Author of extra innings

 

Charlotte Digregorio writes of many common struggles including caregiving and illness, but she also practices joy and humor as her poems reveal. She has published six other award-winning books, including Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and a haiku collection, Shadows of Seasons. She writes in various genres, has won 56 poetry awards, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was honored by the Governor of her state for her lifelong literary arts’ achievements. Her poems have been translated into eight languages. Her traveling poetry show is featured at libraries, hospitals, corporate centers, and restaurants, among several venues. A retired professor, she gives workshops at national writers’ conferences and judges contests; is a writer-in-residence at universities; teaches poetry in the public schools; and speaks regularly at libraries, bookstores, and to groups. Digregorio hosted a radio poetry program on public broadcasting and is a popular blogger on the art of writing.

 

Copyright 2020 by Charlotte Digregorio.

 

 

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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