LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan by Adrienne Amundsen
Saturday, January 25th, 2014 || 7pm
Book Passage-Corte Madera|| 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera ||
We have an extra launch event for you this month! Please do not miss this extraordinary celebration. Profits go to support Afghans 4 Tomorrow, a local NGO that supports women’s rights and girls’ education.
Poetic, journalistic, a call to transformation, Adrienne Amundsen’s new collection of poetry, Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan, will take you on a journey in which tragedy becomes hope, journey that enlightens and enriches.
Her poetry describes a country devastated by war, but people determined and resilient in impossible circumstances. Both Afghans and American soldiers are depicted in this journey into a modern war zone. Adrienne’s poems transport us with their musicality, their sensuality,their mythic span and their political passion. She is mother, lover,“one of the Rock People.” She is Cassandra—the towers of Troy burning behind her—prophesying catastrophe. She is in love with the world she laments. Her poems are full of the energy of growing things—vines, desire, women’s bellies, and furious at endless wars, at “machines parading as men”, at “Gaia’s ruined body.”
Hers is a poetry that excites the senses, opens the heart, raises blood pressure. Beginning with song, ending with prayer, we the readers are with her all the way.
“Adrienne’s images are fierce and soft, alluring and alarming. They ask nothing and everything from the reader. They
are a poetic calling to action rooted in awakening and prayer. We are offered a journey for the price of this collection— we are given a moment in time to quiet our modern minds, to consider the deeper questions: What is the nature of war and peace, of reconciliation ? Adrienne’s poems are a lyric lament and a stark reminder of the world we live in. These poems may evoke fear, but when the dream
becomes a nightmare, maybe the only way through it is to encounter it directly and boldly, as the author does here. She transforms suffering into beauty.”
—Cassandra Light, Founder of The Way of the Doll School of Alchemical Art, and the Sophia Institute; author of The Way of the Doll
“I loved this collection of poems which tap into my own thoughts and has me muse about Aphrodite’s symbol, the apple (may the village girl hold on to and taste love and beauty someday in place of bombs and ruins).
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., Author of Goddesses in Everywoman, Urgent Message From Mother
Adrienne Amundsen is a psychologist, specializing in trauma, grief, and creativity. Born in Texas, but long ago transplanted to northern California, she is the mother of two grown boys. Her poetry has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies, and her poetry collection Cassandras Falling was published in 2011. Dr. Amundsen’s interests have taken her from the caves of France to the war zone in Afghanistan, and she has taught classes on shamanism and cave art both locally in California and internationally. She works with a local nonprofit organization, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, which helps Afghans provide girls’ education and economic opportunities for families.