"There is no voice more important in a community than the voice of those affected. The publication of Perspectives Anthology: Poetry Concerning Autism and Other Disabilities provides moving examples of these voices. The more we hear from individuals on the autism spectrum the more we can understand their varied experiences and extraordinary talents."
~Patricia R. Schissel, LMSW
President, AHA Asperger Syndrome and High
Functioning Autism Association (AHA) Inc.
"I want to help you grow/be spectacular against the morning sun," writes Kathleen Vibbert, typifying one of
the major thematic perspectives in PERSPECTIVES, an important volume of poems about people with autism and other disabilities -- and those whose lives are interwoven with them. These are people who we are urged to see anew: "human as the charismatic preacher/as strong as the circling astronaut..." according to Laura Wysolmierski. Poet after poet urges us to see the humanity of those 'locked in syndrome.' "We should see the light of the soul in all of us," says Wysolmierski -- and Perspectives helps us to do just that. These are voices most of us rarely hear. This is a necessary and urgent collection, compassionate and unflinching. And a fitting reminder that everyone is entitled to their humanity."
~George Wallace, first Poet Laureate Suffolk
"Refreshingly honest and occasionally startling, Perspectives pulls back the
clinical curtain so as to reveal the inner thoughts and emotions of the
Autistic, a word -- which Karrie L. Waarala's poem points out -- that is one
letter different from Artistic. From Corina Lynn Becker's generalized image "now
it is safe for me to muse/ with allies that help and not control," to Joanna
Goodman's specific depiction "But you are teaching yourself/ fine, physics/
through juggling erasers," this anthology gives poetic insights and poignant
moments about the lives of those with autism and other states of being that
affect social interaction. With intimate portrayals of families and individuals
seeking the muse of creativity or the secret to well-being, a wide-spectrum of
poetic voices convey the emotion and spirit beyond the labeling of conditions. I
highly recommend this anthology for therapist and doctor waiting rooms, as well
as bookshelves. WARNING: Perspectives might make you question the normalcy of
so-called societal norms. Any way you look at it, you'll be reminded of our
commonness, or as Megan Hammond writes, "It's the fire/ We all share/ And have
as people/ Forever."
- Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) - writer, editor, publisher
of Allbook Books