Hard Poetry: A Family of Children

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iUniverse, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
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"You can live without a mother and a father, but you can't live in a world that doesn't make sense to you."
-D.W. Winnicott
Hard Poetry: A Family of Children is the story of children left to their own devices in a family headed by an alcoholic mother and a "disappearing" father. The author's memories as the oldest daughter, and the stories of the other children after they are grown, reveal patterns of abuse and betrayal by trusted adults, as well as untellable secrets and the underlying emptiness that is the source of one family's anguish. In its penetrating witness to the darkness that can obstruct the light of even the best-intentioned people, Hard Poetry reveals the brokenness in lives appearing whole on the surface, as it shows the hidden wholeness of broken ones.

Testifying to the healing power of personal passions and of simple kindnesses, this is a story of grief, helplessness and humor and finding a way, every day, to live, think, and relate so the world slowly transforms into a place that eventually not only begins to make sense, but feels like home.

Praise for Hard Poetry

"Before one can address the healing of any aspect of our being, it's important to understand the dynamics of suffering, and the purpose it serves in our journey through life. We must acknowledge that we each have a soul that is capable of suffering, and equally capable of an existence devoid of it. This story tells of a remarkable personal journey toward transcendent awareness and self-knowledge, which are elemental to forgiveness, freedom, and the healing process."
-Joyce Hasija, Teays Valley Wellness Institute

 

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Contents

Prologue
3
Two Babies
12
Risking
18
Roses
25
Exploring
43
My Mother the Daughter Caught Between
50
Grandma Baillie the Art of Knowing
59
The Sears Man Cometh
65
Knight of the Open Road
128
Mairsie Doats
142
We Look Back as Adults and Note The Influences That Shaped
149
Choosing Lives
151
Nancy Nanookof the North
158
Donna Mother Nature Ducky Butt
165
Joan Bony Joanie Maroni
182
Mary Mairsie Doats Sweetpea
192

Summer Respite 1963
73
Dominus Nabisco
81
Pilgrim Souls
92
Mother Nature Ducky Butt
100
A Helpful Visit to Somewhere Else
104
Mystery Dad
106
Sister Bone Company
113
I Learn to Stand
122
Linda Cream Puff
202
Elaine Camille Mom
215
Two Endings
235
LandslidePart 2
237
The Story of a Life and Death
244
Coming to Closure
255
About the Author
261
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