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Finding Our Voices is a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs that sponsors an art exhibit each April. The event showcases artistic expressions of survivors of sexual abuse and their allies. Artists are invited to exhibit in the annual April FOV Art Show for Sexual Abuse Awareness Month (SAAM)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Finding Our Voices Found UK Poet John Harrison

I came across a UK poet and advocate John Harrison, and was impressed by his unique, personal, and dramatic methods used to break the silence. Finding John Harrison shows us how it is universal to share in awareness and prevention of child abuse.

See an example by viewing a video here.  I've had the good fortune to read his anthology of poems about surviving abuse, the after effects, and the mental health system. I've had the good fortune of reading his anthology "Whispers From Within." Here is my review of his poignant poetry: 

Whispers From Within: A Survivor’s Collection of Poetry and Prose” by John Harrison
John Harrison published his private poems to raise awareness of child abuse and its consequences. He does this eloquently in the words of this collection.
Mr. Harrison endured the horrors of child abuse, its multiple and complex ramifications, as well as the neglect and ignorance of the systems that should serve to protect. Abuse is not only the actions, but also the attitudes in our society. He shares this in a style that is not contrived.
The introduction tells the back story with raw expression. It is rooted in the reality of an abuse survivor who had the foundation for a safe and strong life ripped out from under him. The writing is uncensored and sensitive. The reader will say, “That’s exactly what I was thinking/feeling but could not put into words.” Mr. Harrison writes these thoughts and emotions with an edge that is too clever to ignore.
Mr. Harrison writes to make sense of the craziness that is nonsense, such as the ways humans inflict pain on each other. He also offers the reader moments of grace and mercy, all of which help to acquire knowledge in the school of life.
Emotions are universal; readers can relate to the poems that express his search for meaning, the hunger for understanding, and the need for justice. The poems are poignant and powerful, with profound phrases that are enlightening.
Read this collection of poems from a survivor’s perspective, and the words will surely resonate with you. Thank you Mr. Harrison for telling it like it is.

Post and Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story

1 comment:

  1. Many words, by many people, can do so much harm. Creating yet more to endure everyday... BUT one action, from one person, can help turn this around. So thank you once again Lynn.