The Why and Later
Edited by Carly Sachs
This anthology of poems about rape and sexual abuse - many written by victims themselves, and well-known poets such as Marge Piercy and Adrienne Rich – brings to light a topic that has been all but neglected by the mainstream publishing industry. These powerful poems will shock you with their candidness, touch you with their emotional edge, and amaze you with their perserverence of spirit.
“The Why and Later is a solid collection of strong and important poems that will expose readers to the terror, anxiety and pain of rape and sexual assault with both potent narratives and burning imagery. These poems bring the reader face to face with the awful truth that lies deep within ourselves and within the very fibers of all humanity. However, it is from this awful truth that, as Yeats' wrote, "a terrible beauty is born." And so, these poems give us all an opportunity to take the first steps to discover who we really are and what we ought to become to save ourselves from ourselves and from each other. These poems of hurt and pain allow readers a necessary look at the reality of the violence in our daily lives. Through these poems we are given time to reflect, contemplate,and educate ourselves about the needless pain we inflict upon our sisters, mothers, daughters, lovers and friends. These poems offer us hope by holding the mirror up to us in the "here and now" so we can avoid the brokenness of "the why and later."
– M.L. Liebler,
author of Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream
115 pages, perfect bound, published 2007, ISBN: 0-9742054-7-8
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