Kore of the Incantation

Axtell, Brooke Elise

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Boise, Idaho, February 20, 2011 -- Brooke Axtell refuses to be silenced. As a survivor of rape and abuse, she has transformed her pain into a powerful message of hope. In her new book of poetry, Kore of the Incantation, she explores gender violence, Goddess spirituality, women's rights and healing through the creative process. Axtell's poetry has been hailed as "very forceful...extremely sophisticated and polyvalent" by renowned Beat poet Anne Waldman. Karen Subach, poet, fiction writer and Pushcart Prize nominee, says her poetry has "engaging passion...idiosyncratic, wild-woman details, an intriguing sense of woman emerging from stasis into true self." Through her work with Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States, Axtell raises awareness and guides others through recovery. "I want to help women reclaim their worth and power, so they can fulfill their creative dreams. It is my passion to see survivors of rape and abuse begin to value who they are and truly thrive," she says. In her conversations as an advocate, Axtell encourages women to reconnect with their creative gifts. This has been essential for her own recovery. She says, "Sexual assault sends the message that our voices, our desires do not matter. Art is a sacred space for embracing the truth of our experience, so we can begin to heal."She offers a different kind of healing guide, one that demonstrates the pain and beauty of struggling to live a meaningful life after the brutality of sexual violence. In "love letter to a survivor" she writes, "you are not a sickness to be cured, but a miracle & mystery unfolding."

From the Inside Flap: Brooke Axtell's mesmerizing poetry explores the thirst for solace in desolate spaces. It is a thirst for cleansing, healing and rejuvenation. In her third collection of poems, she plunges the body of pain, the "remembering body", into the renewing element of water. With fierce elegance, she reveals the core thirst of life: to experience all as sacred. Her gift of striking imagery and stunning, musical language has the power to haunt and heal. She transmutes pain into incantation. This is the alchemy of the artist. Just as Kore of Greek myth was forced into the underworld and initiated into a cycle of ascension, Axtell investigates a realm of ruin and rises to share a new vision of life. Her poems confront the ravages of violence with the relentless hope of the creative process. She explores the archetype of the wild woman, the sacred marriage of the soul, the cost of injustice, the modern sex industry, the Divine Feminine and the gift of intimacy that honors the emergence of the true untamed nature. Here is the map of one woman's spiritual journey. You will find solace in these waters, "the healing waterfall behind the ancient wall."

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