3 Life-Affirming Chapters of Poetry and Prose Explore Links between Personal Trauma and the Global Coronavirus Pandemic
In this brave new world, heartbreaks and personal tragedies affect us all deeply. Whether grieving a loved one, escaping abuse, or surviving a global crisis. We may move on ultimately to a new chapter but we do not ignore or forget the past and we certainly do not remain unscathed.
Can we still find hope amid disaster, trauma, or loss? When it feels like we have given up, we may stumble upon the words and deeds of others which inspire us to carry on.
Just recently, Anna Grace Du Noyer released three life-affirming chapters of poetry and prose in her book Fear is a Liar. The book tells a story of crisis, loss and survival, and the ultimate impact of love and hope.
“Poems have the power to translate unspeakable stories into something people can comprehend. For the poet, this means looking at the trauma right in the face!” commented Du Noyer.
“Poems are vehicles for compassion. Sometimes that means compassion for yourself.” she added.
Du Noyer is best known for her poetry collections of major life and World events. Her writing ranges from explicit and poignant compositions to abstract, free verse, providing a poem for every emotion experienced during prolonged periods of crisis.
Revealing a little of the author’s complex life-story – the new book explores topics such as abuse, domestic violence, grief, loneliness and rebellion. But it’s not all doom and gloom. A silver-lining of optimism runs throughout each chapter, with a layer of sarcasm and dry-wit added for good measure.
“I hope that the poems can benefit others – particularly women and girls. Perhaps a small step in learning to live with their ordeals, and to own them. Being angry is ok! Laughing is fine too – it’s your experience – and it doesn’t define you.” Du Noyer said.
The timing of the book couldn’t be more apt. As the World emerges from a global crisis, Du Noyerbelieves the Pandemic has shone a light on trauma – whether the collective suffering from this generation-defining crisis, or personal traumas, amplified by the uniqueness of the situation.
“The coronavirus pandemic has acted as a global trigger-warning!” She says. “It has ignited long-suppressed feelings, for many, and it would not surprise me if it caused a mental health pandemic”
The last chapter is also available as a stand-alone book, Poems of the Pandemic and has been specially featured by the Museum of Liverpool, forming part of their Historical Collection of Covid 19 artefacts. The collection forms an account of the 2020 pandemic for future generations seeking to learn more about the virus, and it’s effects on social history.
Both poetry books will be released to Audible and iTunes in August 2020, for the beautiful and full impact of spoken word.
To listen to a sample ahead of the audiobook release head over to the author’s YouTubeChannel