A searing portrayal of a mother's anguish over the sudden hemorrhagic stroke of her son--devoted father of two young girls--rendering him a quadriplegic in the prime of his life. An intimate glimpse of a world shattered by stroke, in which each poem not only illuminates but reimagines life with hope and acceptance.
Any parent who has watched a beloved child struggle with a medical disaster, or suffering intractable drug dependency will easily recognize and relate to the sadness, grief, guilt, the struggle to understand, and to help when one is often helpless. Through a succinct poetic exploration,readers will be heartened by the promise of survival, the faith in science, the mystery of the human body and, most of all, the courage that a gravely disabled child can bestow upon a parent.
Annette Libeskind Berkovits (www.annetteberkovits.com) was born in Kyrgyzstan and grew up in postwar Poland and the fledgling state of Israel before coming to America at age sixteen. In her three-decade career with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, she spearheaded the institution's nationwide and worldwide science education programs. Her achievements include the first-ever agreement to bring environmental education to China's schools. The National Science Foundation has recognized her outstanding leadership in the field.
Now retired, she is pursuing her life-long love of writing. Her stories and poems have appeared in Silk Road Review: a Literary Crossroads; Persimmon Tree and in American Gothic: a New Chamber Opera. Her first memoir, In the Unlikeliest of Places, a story of her remarkable father's survival, was published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in September 2014. Berkovits has completed two other non-fiction manuscripts and is working on a poetry collection as well as a novel.