Day Eight is proud to announce the forthcoming, December 10, 2020, publication of Falling Leaves: an Interfaith Anthology on the Topic of Consolation and Loss, edited by Susan Meehan and Robert Bettmann. The book gathers more than 40 poems by DC area poets on the topic, organized into sections on New Prayer, Acceptance, Loss, and Healing.
Contributors include: Jeffrey Banks, Katya Buresh, Regie Cabico. Chris Farago, Stephanie Gemmell, Kira Hall, Laura Hart, W. Luther Jett, Jacqueline Jules, Michele Kay, Brian Leibold, Laura Martin, Susan Meehan, Kim B. Miller, Anna Postelnyak, Bernard Riefner, Dominique Rispoli, Jane Schapiro, Ori Z Soltes, Lori Tsang, Phibby Venable, Walter Weinschenk, and Jon Wood.
Early response to the book from faith and community leaders includes:
Arising from a time of unprecedented trauma and loss, this collection of poems sets its readers on a healing journey… An encouraging read for those in despair, and for those just needing to know that they are not alone.
— The Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (DC)
Is this collection of contemporary poetry too good to be true? No! It is real. This collection will take its rightful place on my easy to reach shelf of books that I will use regularly.
– Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel, Temple Micah
Read as daily devotions or used in liturgy, the poems are a modern-day source of inspiration, ringing with grace, elegance and power.
– Reverend Kathleen Rolenz, All Souls Church
This poignant collection provides readers with a space to connect, cry, and smile in the truth the poetry speaks.
– Ronni Ticker, Congregation B’nai Tzedek
There is peace and solace to be found reading these beautiful poems.
– Katha Kissman
Purchase the book in pre-sale now on Day Eight’s new online store here.
Cover art for the book is by Michael Janis and Tim Tate, used by permission.