Shout: An Anthology of Resistance Poetry and Short Fiction
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About the Author
Rosanne Parry is the author of the acclaimed novels A Wolf Called Wander, A Whale of the Wild, Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, and Written in Stone. She has taught writing at schools, conferences, educational nonprofits, and online at the Loft Literary Center and works as an independent bookseller. She and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her backyard.
"Shout" is a challenging book. Sprinkled liberally between apocalyptic tales and poignant poetry are not only cautionary words, but abrupt reality checks. My favorite story was Growth by Janet Burroway for the extremely painful commentary on pure materialism. The poem Disfiguring History was very reminiscent of the beginning of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence. It seemed to have the same tempo, the same bold, dramatic flair and and yet contained reminders of all we have given up in order to have our "freedom." Consequences abound in every story and poem written. It's heart wrenchingly beautiful.
If you are tired of being depressed by the news; if you don't understand what people are so upset about, or if you need "a reason," then these are the words you want to read.
This book describes perfectly why we feel the need to resist ignorance, apathy, cruelty. It is a stinging reminder that our job doesn't end at the recycling bin. We have to go further than the end of the driveway or the weekly chat with the neighbor. We need to keep going until equality and justice for every person on the planet is the norm. Until our planet herself is as important as our Amazon deliveries arriving on time. It is time to resist until stupidity is erased.
-Linda Teppler, author of Hunchback