Trauma is known to shatter aspects of the self and one’s experience, shaking the very core of reality at a cellular level. Poetry is a natural place to loosen the hold of traumatic experience as it is an exploration of the senses, the very essence of embodiment. In poetry we can reconnect, reassemble, and give rise to a new self. For those in the heat of struggle, Grace Leads, I Follow summons a call to stillness, acceptance, and ultimately reenchantment. Lisa Bertsch’s poems make it clear that when our lives are touched by chaos we can still be led to luminous places.
“Lisa’s meditative, spare language uncovers the vivid, elemental nature of being human.” —John Fox, author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making.
“Lisa reaches for the divine and, in the act of making poems, receives prescriptions to heal ‘scarring left by
life’s lessons.’” —Barbara Rockman, author of Sting and Nest.
“Bertsch rings the life bell; talks with wind; prays mountains and sings the songs of grace and stars.” —Gary Glazner, Founder and Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project