IS there healing in poetry? For Dessa Byrd Reed, the answer is "yes." Following a near-death experience that left her in a wheelchair, Reed traveled through mountains and valleys of verse on her way to full recovery. In this collection of 61 poems, Reed encourages readers to express their own inner voice with poetry and feel its healing force.
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Dessa Byrd Reed was born in Charleston, Illinois. She attended Eastern Illinois State College and the University of Illinois. Dessa and her late husband moved to California many years ago where she has had several careers including homemaker, advertising representative for an international newspaper, interior designer, practitioner for her church, as well as chaplain in two county jails.
After seeing the benefits of writing poetry in her own recovery, she now teaches poetry workshops and speaks to organizations encouraging others to find inspiration and direction in creating their own verse. Dessa also sponsors poetry contests in several local schools helping young people discover their poetic voice and communicate their feelings.Review:
"Lovable Dessa, a delightful and radiant poet, offers visionary poetry that will heal hearts and inspire souls." -- Diana Loomans, author, Full Esteem Ahead
"You will delight in Reed's insight and in her personal journey of recovery through poetry." -- Dr. Scott and Shannon Peck, Authors, Liberating Your Magnificence
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Book Description Deer Pub, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0967876737