Synopses & Reviews
What are the patterns that define our lives? How do we create them? How do we know when it’s time to break them? How do we handle it when they’re broken for us? The nineteenth volume of the annual Chrysalis Reader anthology explores all these questions through poetry, essays, and short fiction.
Among more than seventy entries in this volume are works from poet laureates, acclaimed authors, and up-and-coming voices alike. Patty Christiena Willis tells the story of a woman from a family of holistic healers who suddenly is unable to use her special gift. Michael Barber pains a poignant picture of a soldier’s return from Baghdad. John L. Hitchcock tackles the concept of quantum entanglement and individuality, while Richard Lines steps back into the past to explore a debate among early followers of Swedenborg about whether or not to split from existing Christian churches to establish one of their own. Rounding out the volume are two Bailey Prize winners: Katherine Noble, a young poet whose work is already winning awards, and Kristin Troyer, whose essay moves between descriptions of being an actress in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” and life as a university student dealing with her father’s illness.
The volume is a treat for literature lovers of all backgrounds as well as Swedenborgians who are interested in the deeper spiritual aspects of art.
The nineteenth volume of the annual Chrysalis Reader anthology explores the patterns that shape and define our lives through poetry, essays, and short fiction.
About the Author
Robert F. Lawson’s poetry has appeared in Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Salt Lick, Plum Review, Phoenix, Negative Capability, Lullwater Review, Kalliope, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, and others. He recently retired from Maine Public Broadcasting as the major gifts and planned giving officer. A co-editor for the Chrysalis Reader and former editor for Simon & Schuster, Lawson does freelance editing and writing consultation.
Carol S. Lawson holds a master's degree in literature from Bennington College. Her long and varied career in publishing has included managing a medical journal for Harper & Row, publications and press work for the US Public Health Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the executive editor position at the American Birding Association. Currently, she and her daughter provide publishing services to nonprofit groups via Scholarly & Specialized Publishing.