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
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.