July, 2020 –– 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 Noyerreleased three life-affirming chapters of poetry and prose in her bookFear is a Liar. The book tells a story ofcrisis, 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 ofoptimism 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 Noyer believes the Pandemic has shone a light on trauma - whether the collective sufferingfrom 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, andit would not surprise me if it caused a mental health pandemic”
In the final chapter of Fear is a Liar, Du Noyer observes the impact of the virus on the fragile human spirit; expressed through poetry, making this book a compelling, must-read for 2020.
The final chapter is also available as a stand-alone book, Poems of the Pandemic.
Both books will be released to Audible and iTunes in August 2020, for the beautiful and full impact of spoken word.
Both books are available for Worldwide distribution.