The Second Chapter: Acceptanceby Shelton Jackson
This is my journey of acceptance. Acceptance of the things that we can not change. Acceptance of the fear we hold inside us. Acceptance of the potential that we have yet to explore. Acceptance of the fact that what does not kill you truly does make you stronger. This is my journey of acceptance of the fact that I have AIDS. Acceptance of the fact that the person I thought I would be with for the rest of my life is dead. Acceptance of the fact that I am alone in this world. This is the story of me facing my fear of loneliness, hopelessness, and abandonment through poetry. My poetry has helped me face all of the things I fear about myself. This is my acceptance that life goes on. Because in the end, HIV was my beginning not my end.
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- 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
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- 12 Years
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With such candor, Mr. Jackson offers readers an insightful perspective on the struggle of finding oneself through momentous hills and valleys. Mr. Jackson¿s writing speaks to the difficulty one faces when navigating through the complexities of life. Disclosing his illness is the tip of Mr. Jackson¿s writing. He ventures to invite readers into the mind and soul of a gifted writer who is wise before his time. I only hope he recognizes the insightfulness of his writings and stays the course in living a life that is full of the promise he has been bestowed. Be well¿
Through Shelton Jackson's experiences, I have come to the realization that one's acceptance of their situation can open many doors to both spiritual and emotional growth. Jackson's book is a trendsetter for the gay African-American community as well as those battling HIV/AIDS on a day-to-day basis. Jackson wants his readers to know that statistics, myths, or shallow knowledge doesn't create the most honest picture of those living with AIDS. I challenge you to pick up this book and engage yourself as Shelton's shares his most intimate experiences.
For any one who is sexually active or thinking about it,'The Second Chapter...' is a MUST READ. The book is written in a form that is not typical for me. However, I was entranced by the author¿s honesty. As you read each poem you are able to travel along with the author through his struggles and triumphs. I found myself shocked, crying, pondering and laughing out load. I was compelled to give a copy to my 15 year old who has been asking questions I have not been too comfortable in answering. After completing the book, we were given an instrument that allowed communication to foster. What a fantastic tool to learn from. Thank you Mr. Jackson - God Bless You!
This is definetly a book that I couldn't put down. It is book that really makes you think pray and cry at the same time. Through Mr. Jackson's poetry you feel as if you've been let in on his world of secrets. You feel trusted. I applaud him, because simply writing about his sexuality and his illness was very courageous.I recommend that anyone who knows someone with HIV or who is homosexual should give this book to them. This book will touch and save the lives of many.