About the Book
New Veterans' Day Edition
This book is dedicated to all who suffer because of war, especially veterans and their families. Few of us are left personally unaffected in times of war. Whether directly or indirectly involved, some carry it with them all their lives. In some ways it defines the era in which it occurred, even beyond the first and second generations, just as the Civil War and both World Wars are still defining our collective psyche and culture. This book includes a chronology of the Vietnam War from Veterans' Websites, and offers parallel notes about what was happening in America. It tells the story of unfolding friendships that emerged between a talented Vietnamese woman and two American women, and an extraordinary gift that came forth from that friendship. After the long title poem there are several contemporary stories of veterans who have made surprising changes in their life's work, and inspiring poems about the possibilities for healing and transformation: "Re-vision of Life is Where We Begin/ Beyond anger, beyond blame/beyond shame and despair~/when you can’t cope with a situation—/Friend, start walking around it/until you come to an angle of vision/you can live with./Make walking sticks of poems and prayers/.It may take you several turns, with cursing/and crying and shouting to God/and muttering to yourself/and scolding everybody involved,/but keep on/walking around it and blinking,/wiping your eyes, clearing/the cobwebs from your mind—/And in a moment of Grace you may stop/and see what might be a revelation. It will open your heart/and relax your mind./It will give you a way to proceed . . ." Though about the war in Vietnam, the book begins and ends in hope and beauty.
Dr. Alla Reneé Bozarth, poet and prose writer, therapist and Episcopal priest, was among the first eleven women ordained as Episcopal priests in 1974 in Philadelphia. Dr. Bozarth is author of numerous books, including Life is Goodbye/Life is Hello: Grieving Well through All Kinds of Loss; A Journey through Grief; The Book of Bliss, Accidental Wisdom, This is My Body, Moving to the Edge of the World; This Mortal Marriage~ Poems of Love, Lament and Praise; Soulfire~Love Poems in Black and Gold; Womanpriest: A Personal Odyssey; and Stars in Your Bones~ 72 poems with paintings by Julia Barkley and commentary by Terri Hawthorne. Of Russian, Celtic and Osage Indian descent, Alla lives at the foot of Mt. Hood and has written award winning poetry for over 40 years. Her poems are widely used all over the world, often in collaboration with visual artists, singers and dancers. See "Welcoming Light in the Wilderness" and all her blog links here: http://www.blogger.com/profile/07163511991184059081