When All Else Fails

When All Else Fails

by Lana Hechtman Ayers
When All Else Fails

When All Else Fails

by Lana Hechtman Ayers


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Open-hearted and unwavering, Lana Hechtman Ayer's poems of vivid imagery navigate the reader through a lifetime-a rocky childhood, self-discoveries as a young woman, the many losses of adulthood, then finally learning to anchor one's existence to beauty. These poems explore growing up with an abusive mother, attentive grandmothers, and a distant but caring father. The poet also examines the ethos of the times, bullying, and the ordeals of being female in a male-dominant culture. Giving voice to a connection with nature, the arts, creativity, and loving relationships, the collection is filled with uplifting insights. Ultimately, When All Else Fails celebrates the restorative power of poetry itself.

"When All Else Fails reminds us that poetry can arise from even the most difficult circumstances. Lana Hechtman Ayers takes the raw material of extreme childhood poverty and abuse and turns it into one arresting poem after another."

-John Brehm, author of No Day at the Beach and The Dharma of Poetry

"Ayers generously takes us along on her journey from violence and decay to a hard-earned rebirth into nature, love, and art. In the end, we too are redeemed."

-Alison Luterman, author of In the Time of the Great Fires

"These poems sing with joy and reverence for a world hard as agate but twice as beautiful. Ayers' work speaks to us in a vividly rich lyric voice born to be the sky's reporter, mood ring for the rain."

-Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781956285352
Publisher: Poetry Box
Publication date: 05/09/2023
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Lana Hechtman Ayers, originally from New York, settled in the Pacific Northwest after a decade in New England. She is managing editor of three poetry presses: Concrete Wolf Poetry Series, MoonPath Press, and World Enough Writers. She facilitates generative writing workshops in the Amherst Method, runs a poetry book club, helps other poets assemble manuscripts, and teaches at writer's conferences. Lana holds MFAs in Poetry and Writing Popular Fiction and is a Hedgebrook residency alumna. A Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize, and National Book Award nominee, she won honors in the Discovery / Nation Award and in the Rita Dove Poetry Prize. Author of nine previous collections of poems, she also published a romantic time travel adventure novel, Time Flash: Another Me, and is writing a sequel. A murder mystery may also be in the works.In addition to thriving in the book-loving culture, Lana enjoys the Oregon Coast's bountiful rain and copious coffee shops. She lives with her marvelous husband and several sweet black & white fur babies. A time travel enthusiast, she enjoys cryptograms, and watches entirely too much Home & Garden television. Her favorite color is the swirl of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.
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