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(AFTER)Life: Poems and Stories of the Dead, Purple Passion Press'first anthology, is an exploration of the unknown. Far from being morbid, thiscollaborative work is a tribute to the departed, an acceptance of humanfragility and ultimately a declaration of our ability to live in spite ofdeath.
     In the editor's note, Renee M. Schell relates theprofound sense of shared loss she experienced in the aftermath of a dearfriend's baby boy being stillborn. Schell goes on to say, "A year afterthe death of her son - almost to the day - she gave birth to a second son, wholived. The decision she and her husband made to have a second child testifiesto human resilience. And this resilience, I believe, reflects our need tobelieve in life over death."
     The varying styles of prose and poetry in thisanthology serve as a reminder that we are united in the human experience. Thatis to say, whatever our individual backgrounds, we will all - in one way oranother - come face to face with mortality and loss.
     Each of the fifty-one succinct poems and concisestories range in approach and perspective. From Bri Bruce's strong poeticimagery which captures the sense of loss so poignantly, to Shaun Avery's tragic,yet amusing story 'Grave Diggers' to Vuong Quoc Vu's elegantly written poems, thisaccumulative work reminds us that we are alive and ought to live accordingly.
     There is a profound sense of sadness in the book,and rightly so, but it is never maudlin. In fact, there are some light-heartedand humorous moments which lift the overall mood of the book considerably. Evenin these playful areas, the consistency of purpose is maintained. There is painhere, but there is also a redemptive essence of restorative hope.
     There are no weak links within the thirty-eightcontributing authors. The quality of writing is as consistent as the book'stheme. However, Purple Passion Press might want to consider including a fewfresher, less established writers in future anthologies; the bio pages readlike a who's who in the world of publishing and academia.
     (AFTER)Life: Poems and Stories of the Dead is a finely-craftedanthology of relatable poems and stories which do, as the editor intended, testifyto human resilience. ~ Matthew J. Hall

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  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
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  • Publisher: Purple Passion Press (August 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013IDY38U
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