Here are some of the latest reviews of my new poetry/reference book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. (236 pages). Thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to read my book and to comment! Much appreciated! Keep writing . . . Best Wishes, Charlotte Digregorio
P.S. Publisher’s Book Summary follows the reviews.
Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing is just in time for 2020. The world is beset with about as many griefs as any year I can remember. Still trying to recover from the death of my wife. I need healing. The nation needs healing. The economy is in shock. Cities rumble with violent protests. Many of us have gone bonkers with cabin fever, and politics have never been dirtier. Feeling angry, sad, depressed? You’re normal. The author is particularly well known as an authority on the Japanese forms of haiku and senryu, and many of the poems in this book follow them. Many others are in free verse and other forms. A how-to book, the collection is structured into sections containing poems about various subjects you can consider writing about. Each section is introduced by a page of prose that includes the author’s sage comments on why the subject is relevant and how the poems influence healing. Digregorio holds her poems out as examples to encourage us to write our own and to help heal ourselves. I found myself interrupting my reading to follow her instructions, and filled several pages with short poems of my own. I feel much better.
–Richard Allen Taylor, Author of Armed and Luminous
Book Reviewer, The Main Street Rag
Who among us has not needed healing? Who among us has not spent time in the cave of despair? Who among us has not needed an outlet for anger or loss? This is great poetry, mature craftsmanship, written in an accessible style for all to savor. It’s easy to apply these poems to daily life. A professional observer, Digregorio sees and feels everything more deeply. She reveals her sensitivity to the human condition. The volume contains something for everyone: from compact oriental forms, to superbly-crafted sonnets, to the little known etheree, to fun forms such as acrostics and limericks, free verse and more. Exhaustive Appendices, too. This book has given me a real education.
–Michael Escoubas, Editor, Quill and Parchment
I highly, highly recommend this book! I read a lot of how-to-write poetry books, but this is unique because it shows would-be poets like me the “why” of writing poems. For those who want to write the best poetry we are capable of, this collection encourages us to look for and create beauty, strength, and healing. Many times during the reading of this book, I put it down and wrote a few lines of my own. I read several of Digregorio’s poems out loud, luxuriating in the evocative language and the emotional effect it had on me. Her haiku is particularly inspiring and she is a master at it. I love this book, It’s not just a collection of poems, but thoughtful essays about how poetry can heal. There are a lot of lines I would like to quote (or pretend I came up with). I love the imagery.
–Robin Stratton, Editor, Boston Literary Magazine
Fascinating tome–the perfect fit for this time in history. Soothing and peaceful. The author balances different poetic forms that contribute to a melodic, musical timbre. I marked many pages as my favorite poems–far too many to list here. Gorgeous words describing the natural world and her insightful memories in the “Nostalgia” section. Her poems wend their way through the maze of life events and experiences, healing in their warm, lyrical beauty.
–The Rockford Review, Sally Hewitt, Editor
This is a self-help book that is the pathway to finding peace. The author’s healing poems speak to us and are especially timely during the Covid crisis.
–Winnetka-Kenilworth Living magazine (Illinois)
Your book responds to so many of the themes and issues that are central to my life experience. It has been a much appreciated companion. It explains and sustains, and I am thankful. I hope this book makes its way to many people in these sad and complex times. It provides shade from the glare of events. You are appreciated.
–David Eyre, Educator and Poet
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. 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
Digregorio’s poetry is healing, gets you through tough times, and saves lives. This book is one answer to the Coronavirus. 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.” She reaches out and invites the reader to join her in solitude, share thoughts, and observations. Ultimately, there is a sense of community, of knowing we aren’t alone. There’s an exuberance of life here that cannot help but touch you. It is a book you can go back to time and time again.
–Mary Jo Balistreri, Poet and Author, Still
The bumper sticker on my car reads: “Nature: Cheaper than Therapy.” As an adjunct to nature’s treatment plan, 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, extra innings
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
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 and 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, Poet and Author of Touching Each Tree
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
Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing is artistically designed, perfect-bound, and has 236 pages that include 200 haiku and 130 poems of thirteen other forms, such as sonnets, free verse, and acrostic. The book is useful, as it isn’t just a collection of Digregorio’s award-winning poems, but an inspirational guide with her essays and prose passages that encourages poetry as a healing exercise. It’s divided into 12-themed sections including: Nostalgia, Peace, Solitude, Creatures, People, and Seasons’ Potpourri.
It has front and back matter: Contents, Index, and exhaustive Appendices, encouraging poets to publicize their work/events; a comprehensive bibliography of healing poetry collections; multiple lists of publications that publish poetry; ideas for general print/broadcast media that feature poets; and ideas on types of associations/organizations/businesses that promote poets through awards, interviews, readings, speaking/workshop engagements, and exhibits of their work. (Published by Artful Communicators Press, 2020).