Lori’s poetry ushers the reader through rhythmic themes of loss and being lost, light and dark, stillness and movement, words and silence, the hidden and the revealed, the broken and the whole. These poetic paradoxes are powerful healing medicine for those among us who have experienced loss, betrayal, and grief, and engenders hope through her own testimony that “the storm changed us/but our core remained/our lives look different/with souls stitched/holding each other up/to face a new future.”
“moving through life” is a generous, spirit-filled collection of stories, grace notes and piyyutim (liturgical poetry) that will serve as a powerful resource for teachers, activists, parents and survivors.
-Karen Lee Erlichman, D.Min, LCSW, Karen provides psychotherapy, spiritual direction, supervision and mentoring in San Francisco. Karen is co-director of Practistry, an advanced mentoring and training program, and a faculty member in the Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Training Program as well as for the Jewish Spirituality D.Min program at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
The poet Robert Frost wrote, "The best way out is always through." Lori’s poetry offers a guiding hand, carrying anyone whose life has been drastically interrupted to a place of beautiful transformation. Her words capture the journey of loss; the deep fear, the numbness, the single steps, the graduation from one’s own suffering to new beginnings and the contemplation of new horizons.
Her poems and ponderings express the truth that hearts can be broken and mended to reach a new state of wholeness. We must only allow our wounded selves to be in the company of others whose pain can remind us that shared suffering is the "mother of humanity."
Reading Lori’s poetry feels like a passage into safe space. I will share her words with all whose hearts are broken, those seeking light, and a new road to travel. One’s capacity for courage can only stretch with the reading of this book.
-Selena E. Sermeño, Ph.D, Dr. Sermeno is a psychologist, an organizational consultant, facilitator and educator focusing on the study and healing of traumatic events.