Sisters: A Catharsis Through Poetry

Sisters: A Catharsis Through Poetry


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Sisters: A Catharsis Through Poetry by Winnie Larsen, Su Gerheim

Two Sisters is a collaboration of Winnie Larsen's photography and Su Gerheim's poetry. Both women lost their husbands and as a grief catharsis they turned toward different art forms in which each discovered a latent talent. Winnie Larsen discovered her talent for photography after her husband died in 1989.

A friend gave Winnie an old analog camera. Going on photo-shoots in the country around her small town, along roadsides, and lakeshores, Winnie developed a keen eye for nature photography, capturing each season's unique beauty. Over the years, she updated and expanded her camera equipment and using computer enhancement programs her pictures increased in finite detail and subtle color changes. Her photography of nature's simplest creations illustrates her emotional loss, depression, growth and return to a changed life.

Gaining photographic and computer expertise, Winnie applied her talents to greeting cards. Her creative one-of-a-kind cards are now on demand by many who ask for groups of cards based on seasonal themes like Christmas, Easter, Birthdays and Anniversaries.

In 2008, Su Gerheim lost her husband. During her grief, the local Librarian convinced Su to join their writing group. At one of the meetings, the Librarian asked attendees to write anything within a twenty-minute time limit. Su wrote a Labrador puppy story and when she read the little ditty, everyone encouraged her to make the puppy story a book. It was during those sessions Su discovered she enjoyed writing and it helped her release her grief.

When Winnie sent her pictures to Su, they inspired poetry from Su. Su read the poems at the writing sessions and some attendees mentioned that the poems helped them realize different emotions they were also experiencing.

While looking for more critique groups on the internet, Su found the Florida Writers Association and joined. The critique groups sponsored by FWA helped Su improve both her poetry and story writing.

After two years of writing picture-inspired poetry, Su realized that between her poetry and Winnie's photography they had a beautiful poetry book that illustrated the deep emotions that both had lived through. The trauma, sadness, loneliness, the journey from depression back to a life of happiness and enjoyment in life all showed in the poetry and pictures.

Two Sisters is the culmination of years of emotional growth that Su and Winnie hope will illustrate how human we all are and perhaps help others to see the positive side of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991039203
Publisher: Winsu Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2014
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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