Three U.S. Poets Laureate
A Pulitzer Prize Winner
A Whitbread Book of the Year winner
A Whitbread Poetry Award winner
Two Lannan Award winners
Two Forward Prize winners
After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events
Poets included in After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events:
Rita Dove Simon Armitage Carol Dine Douglas Dunn Cathy Smith Bowers Patricia Wellingham-Jones Donald Hall Carol Ann Duffy Molly Gloss Thomas Lux Pam Bernard Elizabeth Bernardin Sandor Kányádi Stellasue Lee Doug Anderson Jim McGarrah Sonja Besford Martha Collins Rachel Tzvia Back Brian Turner Nazand Begikhani Liu Hongbin Paul Sohar Satyendra Srivastava Marjorie Wentworth Diana Woodcock Majid Naficy Shelley Davidow J. P. Dancing Bear Margaret Chula Major Jackson Lisha Adela Garcia Ron Rash Annie Finch Barbara Mitchell Roseann Lloyd Joy Helsing Nehassaiu deGannes Peter Cooley Paul Allen R.G. Evans Barbara G.S. Hagerty Clinton B. Campbell Iain Haley Pollock Laurel Blossom Willie James King Georgia Ann Banks-Martin Kevin Young Tolu Ogunlesi Meir Wieseltier Randall Horton Richard Garcia György Faludy Bette Lynch Husted William Stafford Terri Wolfe J. Stephen Rhodes Gail Rudd Entrekin Anthony S. Abbott Faye J. Hoops Farideh Hassanzadeh Rebecca McClanahan Sister Lou Ella Hickman Anna Rabinowitz David Bottoms Janet Winans Alexa Selph Dennis Ward Stiles Renée Michele Breeden Ellen Doré Watson Joseph Mills Liesl Jobson Deborah P. Kolodji Aimee Nezhukumatathil Kurtis Lamkin C.C. Thomas Barbara Presnell Naomi Ruth Lowinsky Jericho Brown Therése Halscheid Becky Thompson John McAllister J.E.Pitts William Greenway Susan Varon Shaindel Beers Genie Cotner Marcia Slatkin Barbara Mitchell Joan Houlihan Jenni Meredith Rhett Iseman Trull Pramila Venkateswaran Diane Holland Valerie Nieman Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda Susan Meyers Joseph Enzweiler Jane Gentry Rachel Eliza Griffiths Gail Peck Jennifer Barber Ilya Kaminsky Allison Hedge Coke Steven Cramer Linda Annas Ferguson Kevin Simmonds Nancy Tupper Ling Carole Baldock Deema Shehabi Kate Gale Jeffrey Levine Bernardo Atxaga
Read What These People Have Written about After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events:
Praise for After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events
"This anthology is of national and international significance. It is a collection that crosses and embraces all boundaries—culture, class, gender, and race. It takes us into the hardest places human beings have to go—the failures of personal relationships, loss of loved ones, genocide, racial oppression, addiction, loss of innocence, marginalization, and more. And, yet, each section moves, finally, toward a place of hope and dignity and resilience."
—Cathy Smith Bowers Author, The Candle I Hold Up To See You Queens University of Charlotte
" 'I want to turn this death into life,' writes the Iranian-born Majid Naficy in his poem 'To the Children of Prison and Exile.' Here in a nutshell is the project that is at the center of After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery. Editor Tom Lombardo has assembled nothing less than an atlas of recovery for our time, a book brimming with various maps of the journey through suffering, despair, survival, restoration, and hope. Each poem here glimmers with an experiential and artistic wisdom that shows us how suffering can be endured, how loss can be accepted, and how the meanings of death can be transformed and turned toward an affirmation of life. "
—Fred Marchant Author, Full Moon Boat Director, Creative Writing, Suffolk University
"This wonderful and important anthology…is a solid act of generosity…a gift of testimony from poets across a broad range of experience and language, poems that tell us we can gather ourselves from the shock of upset and loss in life and continue…After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery is a book that seeks to stand up and walk among us as a living thing, a force to activate the good and prepare us to weather the bad."
—Afaa Michael Weaver Author, The Plum Flower Dance Alumnae Professor of English, Simmons College
"In this collection of poetry, recovery… speaks to transformation and hope…Many of these poems can help individuals acknowledge the reality of their losses and develop an understanding that helps them continue on their life journey."
—Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D. Editor, Journal of Poetry Therapy Author, Poetry Therapy: Theory and Practice Florida State University
"The sum of these poems…is to tell the truth and by the telling to find relief and sometimes healing. The ones who read and hear these poems can share the loss that is so common among us, and perhaps also share the healing that comes through bold voice."
—Walter Brueggemann, Ph.D. Author, Finally Comes the Poet Columbia Theological Seminary
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Featuring 115 poets from 15 nations in the language of recovery from Grief, War, Exile, Divorce, Abuse, Bigotry, Illness, Injury, Addiction, Alcoholism, Loss of Innocence