Pain and Memory: Reflections on the Strength of the Human Spirit in Suffering

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Gregory Tague
Editions Bibliotekos Inc, 2009 - Pain - 171 pages
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From the PREFACE by Fredericka A. Jacks, publisher: These writers recall not only the suffering but also the courage demonstrated by those who are sick and by those who participate in their illness. The writings consistently reminded us, in some ways, of Paul Tillich's expression (and the title to one of his books), the courage to be. In many of these writings the reader will be grasped by the human need for connection and the desire for existential meaning when confronted with pain and suffering. In pain we suffer a fear of non-existence and want to forget, but in the anxiety of forgetting we risk denying life. From the FOREWORD by John F. Lennon: PAIN AND MEMORY refuses to shy away from looking at those tender moments of pain. Whether it is unflinchingly writing about the moment of death ("Mack the Hermit") or trying to come to grips with the loss of a loved one ("Cartography") or the reeling that happens at the end of a relationship ("Heartless") or attempting to understand an injury ("After the Accident") or finding the exact words to discuss the feeling of being abandoned ("Kiribiri"), this anthology does not Hollywoodize pain or sanitize its imprint on those who are affected by it. Instead, these stories pull back the gauze that hides the day to day wounds of our lives and, with surgical precision, allows us to viscerally experience them. In the process, what this anthology will allow us to do as readers is revisit our own stories that we comfortably tell and retell, forcing us to dissect our own memories under the harsh light of truth. And if we are brave enough to look at this pain, as these authors do, what we might discover is a strength that reveals itself at the core of our humanity. After all, if it is true that from our birth to our death we are wrestling with pain, then, as these stories can attest, we are also spending every second of this time persevering as well.
 

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Midwest Book Review gives Pain and Memory 5 Stars on Amazon, August 6, 2010: Pain and suffering breed many different responses in people. "Pain and Memory: Reflections on the Strength of the Human Spirit in Suffering" is a collection of essays discussing how the human spirit can persevere at the same time collapse in the face of overwhelming pain, cruelty, and despair. These authors come together and give much poignant insight, and makes for a highly poignant and intriguing read. "Pain and Memory" is a choice and recommended pick. [Posted by publisher, Editions Bibliotekos] 

Contents

Aisha
1
Sheltered Woman
11
The Flowers
17
The Strangeness of April 1969
29
Souvenir
37
Butterflies and Lepers
39
Always
43
The Appointed
49
Roses Dream After the Accident
91
Cartography
95
The Price of Love Sara and Then I Met Albee
105
Before the Mexican Border
113
The Blue Room
123
Listening to the Tragic Voice
135
Death Dream
145
Heartless
149

A Good Stiff Breeze I Ate My Mothers Hair Logan Square East
61
Kiribiri
65
Departure from Chambley Avenue
81
Mack the Hermit
157
Osteonecrosis Breakfast Mourning
163
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