A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury
A collection of poems chronicling the author's recovery from a brain damaging car accident. Included are journal therapy writing prompts and other resources the author found helpful in transcending trauma.
A Life Interrupted is a compelling memoir in poetry that tells the story of recovery from and life with a traumatic brain injury. Louise captures the feelings that arise along the process of waking from a coma, relearning critical life skills, and coping with long term effects of the injury. Her poetry gives the reader a deep sense of these struggles. This book would be a help to not only survivors, but to families and health professionals, due to its perspective of being inside an injured brain.
In few words, in poetic metaphor, readers are thrown into the realities of brain injury and recovery in ways that will stay with us for a long time. Louise Mathewson’s writing is a map to a journey we may not all take, but we all need to understand!
Louise's work is included in the newly released poetry anthology, Mentor's Bouquet (Finishing Line Press, Linda Leedy Schneider, Ed.). The collection includes work created by a diverse group of poets from across the United States.
Michael Spring, author of Mudsong (Pygmy Forest Press) and Poetry Editor for The Pedestal Magazine says,
"There is a primal presence in this collection. It is made up of voices from a highly diverse community. Or perhaps it would be more fitting to say tribe or family. The authenticity and intimacy of the voices are memorable. Mentor's Bouquet is a collection of poems affluent with experiential insight and lyrical poise. It is also a testimony to the mentorship of (editor) Linda Leedy Schneider. We are present at some ancient storytelling ceremony. The fire crackles and there in the background are calloused fingers whispering the beat of a drum."