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Brian Walters

The Art of Life Is the Avoiding of Pain

The Art of Life Is the Avoiding of Pain is Brian Walters' fourth collection of stories and poetry. As with all of Walters' poetry you'll find this book accessible and moving, but this is without a doubt his most powerful book to date. As a physical therapist Walters is welcomed into the homes of a vast cross-section of society, and he opens a window on the quiet desperation that so many of our neighbors live with every day. This collection is both beautiful and, at times, profoundly sad. Brian Walters is a rare poet-tuned to history as few have been for a generation or more. He is alert for those critical moments that reveal a place, time, and a human heart with energy and clarity, and gives them to us. Bitter, terrible, sweet, whatever they are, for they are our heritage and what has formed us over the centuries. Human bravery, savagery, thoughtfulness, and passion all find a place in his work. There is even room for hope and love in spite of everything. -Howard McCord
80 printed pages
Original publication
2015

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