Atelier of Healing: poetry about trauma and recovery

Atelier of Healing is a poetic journey through the process of healing from trauma. The anthology was carefully put together by poet/writers Eric F. Tinsay Valles, who is also the director of the Poetry Festival in Singapore, and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, founder of Squircle Line Press.

Because of the current pandemic, they made the decision to make the entire anthology available online. The international selection of poetry is freely accessible to anyone who is in need of the transformative power of creativity.

I was blessed to have a poem accepted for this wonderful collection. You can find my poem in chapter 8, but I encourage you to explore the rest of the website and share your favourite poems with friends and family.

As if in Florence

from The Decameron by Boccaccio, p. 50

Day was seated and ready,
to seek attention,
to protect herself with virtue most beautiful,
her reason sending some to wonder.

I recently participated in a collaborative art project by Unprecedented. In their own words, ‘Unprecedented is a public poetry project that circulates pages of The Decameron between small groups of people, one year after the COVID-19 crisis was first declared. We reflect on the solitude, urgency, travesty, and strange beauty that is now nearing becoming a thing of the past.
Each person receives a page in the mail and blacks out part of Boccaccio’s text. What’s left on the page reveals a poem.’

If you’d like to browse the returned pages or sign up to join the project, just head on over to the Unprecedented website.