How do you define solace? How do you find it? Author Ellen Wade Beals sought answers to these questions and put a call out to writers for fiction, poetry, and essays. The result is a moving anthology, edited by Beals, titled Solace in So Many Words. Everyone experiences loss, whether of a family member, pet, or a greater loss (9/11, Haiti, Hurricane Katrina). Before reading this book my definition of solace was narrow – compassion, comfort, kindness. I now realize it is so much more. Solace is love, hope, honesty, ritual, humor, and connection. Susan Spaeth Cherry, in her poem Predictability, finds comfort in the expected parts of the day that mean life moves on and continues after loss. Ellen Bass’ poem Jack Gottlieb’s In Love describes an 88 year old’s second chance at love: “Life, that desperate addict, has mugged and robbed him in the street, and then she appears…” In a world filled with uncertainty and change, the need for solace will always exist. Give yourself a chance to gain new perspective from the words of 52 talented poets and writers. You’ll be thankful you did.
Sunset in Wonderland “I am always doing this. Walking around the old neighborhood, always sixteen, moody and stealing cigarettes” (36). I read Wonderland by native-Portlander Matthew Dickman. I read not about a Portlandia-version. I [...]
Daniel Miyares has illustrated a vivid, engaging version of Langston Hughes’ 1924 poem “Dream Variation.” And despite almost a hundred years since it was penned, Hughes’ seventy-seven-word work still rings with truth and dreams. While we [...]
The world is truly in an age of good poetry. If one knows where to look, new publications of poems are everywhere, filling readers with awe and inspiration. Button Poetry – well known for their YouTube channel of popular slam poets performing [...]