Emergencies of the Heart: Poetry

Emergencies of the Heart: Poetry

by Leslie McGraw


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Every generation of Americans has at least one moment where young adults are faced with the worst and best of humanity on a national scale. For McGraw, the demolition of the twin towers while occupied was that moment. In this debut collection, poet and journalist Leslie McGraw shares a risky mix of news, live interviews, and personal journal entries collected over twelve years, beginning on September 11, 2001. Grief captured in McGraw's journal started as a way to deal with all the death seen on the news and morphed into a movement of self-discovery and personal healing that helped her deal with her own depression and loss.

"During the first years, most of my journaling had to deal with my emotions - how I felt about this or that. Once I started to mine those journals, I found something deeper. Something beyond the flesh- my true self. In this twelve year process, I discovered beauty and dirt about myself. For instance, I realized that much of my longing to have someone to love and be loved back was really a longing to be heard, to be valued, to be shown affection and given acceptance."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989735773
Publisher: Aquarius Press
Publication date: 09/05/2014
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.14(d)

About the Author

Leslie McGraw began sorting out her surroundings through writing in third grade following a move with her family to a new school district. She discovered her voice through the pen, maturing into a prolific performance poet, blogger, online content writer and freelance journalist. Today she lends this voice to advocacy, where she is passionate about helping others share their stories of struggle and victory as an empowering tool.

Leslie is a member of the Ann Arbor Writers Group, All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc. Writer's Group, and The Peninsula Writers. She is also a recipient of The Leaven Center's Eleanor S. Morrison Scholarship for Creative Writing for Social Justice and the University of Michigan's Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award. She currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and an Associate of Business from Washtenaw Community College.

Leslie began sharing her poetry in the open mic arena and has been a featured spoken word poet across Southeast Michigan for over 14 years. Leslie has created content for dozens of companies including Buyer Zone, Bounty Paper Towels, and Lifescript and is the owner of the award-winning blog, Tru Story (www.trustorysuccess.com) and Life by Poetry (www.lifebypoetry.tumblr.com).

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