Last week I received a lovely package in the post. The book of poetry, ‘Silent Voices’ was published last week and they kindly included 2 of my poems from my blog in the publication and sent me a copy:
‘Encounter with a Stranger’, first published in March 2015
And ‘Today’ from October of the same year.
The book had been compiled by the lovely Jo Allmond and Joy Thomas. They met when they were invited to be on a panel at Hawksbury Upton Literary Festival and realised they had lots in common. The main thing being their use of verse to help cope with difficult situations.
The idea of the book was born. Jo is the mum of the wonderful Jess,with whom she has written ‘Jess the Goth Fairy books. Their web site is well worth a look as it promotes disability and there’s a fabulous photo of Jo and Jess.
Joy has a son with Asperger’s syndrome.
There are poems from other people with dementia, people caring for others, ex carers, and Jo’s wonderful daughter Jess to name a few.
There’s a really good review of the book here:
There are many wonderful poems, each with their own meaning and history but my favourite is a simple one about the value of smiling from an unknown author