The Empty Chair

The Empty Chair

by Michael Andrews


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ISBN-13: 9781493653508
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.08(d)

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DavidRose More than 1 year ago
Pain in Plain English This is a compilation of moving, powerful poems on the theme of abuse both physical and emotional. The poems are raw and unpolished - and therefore more powerful in their painful sincerity. We have lots of different names for bullying - hazing, initiation, teasing, name-calling, beating up, persecuting, excluding, 'sending to coventry' - and many of them reflect how we try to make the abuse sound less vicious and more acceptable, or at least ignorable. In The Empty Chair Michael Andrews says, "No." No, it's not ignorable, it's not acceptable, and the degree of pain it causes is comparable to torture by the secret police of a dictatorial state. The language of the poems is simple. The rhymes are largely obvious. Sometimes word choices are forced according to rhyme, and sometimes the rhythm is disrupted because something just has to be said. From an academically literary perspective it is not great poetry. I would give it, probably, three stars. But poetry doesn't work like that, and exactly because these poems are so raw, so heartfelt and sincere and unconsidered, they speak with power. The book is intended for a wide range of readers: victims, bystanders, bullies, and parents of all of these. Usefully, the book has lots of links to the BeatBullying initiative, which enables any reader to access support easily. In conclusion, I must add that I think the cover of this book is brilliant. It (almost) tells the whole story at a glance.