by Jennifer Sara Widelitz
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Pub Date 30 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2022
You may have lost the battle,
but you will win the war.
You are not falling apart,
you are falling together.
In her debut poetry collection, Jennifer Sara Widelitz guides us along the unpredictable path of living with chronic illness, through the front lines of wars waged within, and to the heart of human courage. Told in five parts, Battle Cry begins with the innocence-laced time before, halted by the sudden onset of illness—the momentous event in one’s life that changes everything. The journey continues with a soothing interlude of healing interrupted by pain-stained relapses, concluding with the strength and resilience accumulated through years of endurance. Accompanied by whimsical illustrations from Jennifer’s own hand, these poems reminisce on lost childhood innocence, teach gratefulness for the rain, cycle through the seasons, persevere through struggles, and rise from the flames even stronger.
Interweaving themes of fairy tales and myths, loss and grief, pain and suffering, love and hope, resilience, and more, Battle Cry is a testament to the warriors fighting unseen battles and any survivor of the human condition. Like its namesake, this collection is a battle cry—a call to arms—that is bound to echo through the generations.
A Note From the Publisher
"This collection of poems helps the reader empathize with others' pain and come to peace with different life endings than once hoped for."
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"I'd recommend the book to anyone who has felt betrayed by either their body or those around them and is determined to rise above adversity."
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This poetry collection was everything. There were some lines that resonated with me on such a deep and personal level I was taken aback. I loved this collection - it was full of raw truth & raw pain. It was phenomenal.
This could ruin is the best I have read in a long time. It's a poetry journey through her autoimmunity sickness. She writes about the pain and the sadness she endured through out her life. This is her collection of fights against pain and other feelings. She is one brave woman for going through this. She is a very strong author full of love.
This book is a MUST, !MUST, MUST read. It's a beautiful book with a beautiful soul. I cannot wait to see what she will put out in the world to read next.
I received a free copy of the book and is voluntarily writing a review
"Time does not always slip away.
Sometimes he stands
before you, taunting,
Thank you NetGalley and Atmosphere Press for the chance to read and review Battle Cry by Jennifer Sara Widelitz!
I may not be a fan of the book as a whole, but there were definitely some pieces that I liked such as Embrace the Darkness, Reading Between the Lines (my favourite from the book), and I Too Shall Dig.
Some of the themes did feel very familiar, and I wish some more editing had gone into this to remove those. I would willingly read another book by this writer!
Wow. This is such an amazing collection of poetry. While there was some single-mindedness when it comes to theme, I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing - sometimes those things that touch us the deepest need more time and focus to bring to the surface and process, and I feel that that's a lot of what we see in this book. Overall, I think it's a really cohesive collection. Definitely a insight into the hearts and minds of those of us living with chronic illness.
I'm not a big reader of poems but Battle Cry intrigued me with its title and then because the author talked about chronic illness and chronic pain. I really liked those poems, they really resonated in me.
I was less touched by those who talked about childhood nostalgia.
It's my first time reading a full collection of poems in English and it's very possible that some things eluded me, even though I found the style to be very straightforward.
I wasn't entirely convinced by the whole collection but some poems will probably stick with me in the future.
Rep: chronic illness like chronic fatigue syndrom
TW: mention of pain
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