A Glorious Poetic Rage, by Elmo Shade
Written during one of the most challenging times of unanticipated change and transition due to a deadly world pandemic and the societal unrest that followed, A Glorious Poetic Rage is a breath of cathartic air and an emotional elixir to both. Elmo Shade, in this third poetry collection, takes the reader on a juxtaposed journey from surprise to panic, from rage to resilience, and from fear to redemption.
Viktor Frankl once said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” A Glorious Poetic Rage captures the universal experience of love, loss, and the cultural spaces in-between each, as well as combining humor (“Two Widows Having Coffee”) with stories of family (“Herkie’s Shoe Shop,” “The Sister I Never Had”), friendships (“Then There Are Wolves,” “Hunters and Farmers), and the mindful will of never giving up (“Predator, “Love Dogs”) in the most difficult of times.