In Telling Abuse: New Poems, the poet confronts diverse types of personal abuse suffered by males and females during their lifetimes. Threaded throughout these poems, deep yearnings for reliable relationships run counter to inconceivable betrayals of trust. Scenarios reveal physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional violence, exposing attempts by victims to cope with neglect, rape, and incest. Both famous and unknown survivors risk sharing their experiences, so others can be spared the same fate. The hopeful result of breaking the silence, by daring to tell, emerges as the courageous theme in Telling Abuse: New Poems.