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A book of photography by Yves Schiepek and poetry by Teresa Chuc Dowell.

2010 Grammy Nominee Art Director, Designer, Photographer and Producer Mathieu Bitton on Roots of Coincidence: Vietnam & Beyond:

‎"Bravo! Beautiful book, really beautiful photographs. Well done!"

A review of Teresa Chuc Dowell's poetry chapbook, Cartesian Product. Some of the poems also appear in Roots of Coincidence: Vietnam & Beyond:

"Truth at it's most tender and shocking. Teresa Chuc Dowell's 'Cartesian Product' tells the story of meetings, crossovers and collisions - interactions between generations, cultures and souls."

- Silkworms Ink, a literary journal based in the United Kingdom

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This book, which includes photos taken during a 50-day journey through South-East Asia in the summer of 2010, is the entwining of three lives, one of which is a country and its people. The roots of coincidence are of both shadow and light. It has been thirty-five years since the end of the Vietnam/American War and we are both healing from the past and fascinated by the future of Vietnam. This is a story of Yves Schiepek, a German photographer, who was drawn to Vietnam through being moved by stories of the war and after connecting with its people. This book is also about Teresa Chuc Dowell, a poet and writer, who was born in Saigon soon after its fall in 1975. Teresa was drawn to Vietnam due to her personal history and the country's captivating beauty. Both photographer and poet hope to promote awareness of the on-going effects of war and that through our actions, we can bring forth some light. Throughout the book, one encounters beauty and darkness. Whether it is beauty or darkness that one stumbles upon, one can not help but feel slightly more human with the encounter.

"ROOTS OF COINCIDENCE" is dedicated to the disabled and disadvantaged people of Vietnam, especially to the children. Even though the pictures and poems may not be related to them, our attention was drawn to Vietnam through the learning of the suffering of its people in recent history, and how so many are still struggling with the remnants of war.

All proceeds from the sale of this book ($5 for the sale of each book) will go directly to East Meets West Foundation: Life is Beautiful campaign.


About the Author

Yves Schiepek and Teresa Chuc Dowell
Poetrography Los Angeles, CA
Yves Schiepek started to go deeper into photography by the end of the year 2005. His photographs have been included in Getty Images, National Geographic's stock photography and have appeared online and in print magazines. Some of his photographs have also been included in the book Biosphere by Citypulse, a collective audio-visual project inspired by experimental visions of cities around the world. For more information on Yves, please click here Teresa Chuc Dowell's poems appear in literary journals and chapbooks internationally. Her poems appear in journals such as The National Poetry Review, Babel Fruit, EarthSpeak Magazine, The Prose-Poem Project, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, and Verse Daily. Her poetry also appears in New Poets of the American West Anthology (Many Voices Press, 2010) which has been nominated for the 2011 PNBA Book Award. Teresa has four poetry chapbooks published. Visit her here

Comments (3)


Poetrography says

@bungles, wow I noticed your comment here just now. Thank you so much for the wonderful words, also in the name of Teresa, if I may. - Yves

posted at 05:46am Aug 16 PST


bungles says

Yves & Teresa, what a masterpiece! A beautiful blend of powerful imagery and poetry that captures such emotion. I haven't enjoyed a "poetrography" book so much - thanks for sharing. I just can't understand why this hasn't been selected as a staff pick yet!

posted at 08:08am Jul 16 PST


Poetrography says

01/29/2011 "Got the book today! An amazing collection of photos and poems!! There is so much emotion pouring out from your images." ~Karleen Su (Photographer)

02/04/2011 "I bought this book last week, it arrived in the post yesterday and all I can say is it is a truly wonderful work. With great subtlety and emotion it describes, in words and pictures, the life of this country; its culture and its people." ~Victoria Phipps (Photographer)


posted at 08:13am Feb 04 PST


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