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Spark: Poetic Creations (Color) Paperback – August 25, 2016
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Aruna Gurumurthy is a fun-loving dreamer, visionary thinker, and writer all rolled into one. Born in India, her experiences and discoveries brought her across continents to Amherst, MA at the turn of the century.
She developed a keen interest in social change by closely studying vulnerable people she came in contact with. Spending time in labs, classrooms, clinics, and the community while at Duke, University of North Carolina, and beyond she discerns the mental divide between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’. Through her poems, Aruna creates solutions to complex problems and strives to achieve balance in the human mind and the world.
Aruna lives with her wonderful family- her husband and toddler daughter in Chapel Hill, NC. She enjoys caring for her plants, finds excitement in beauty, and has an incessant curiosity for life. She has an avid ear for music of all hues and enjoys lap swimming. SPARK is Aruna’s first book of poems.
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so come. Let’s solve; let’s change. You, me, and Us.”). Aurna speaks up for those who have been devalued and dehumanized—she tells us in her poems “to love, not to loathe/and for our paths to converge, not diverge.” Through her training in medicine, Aruna stopped resisting her call to write, and she addresses her many of her personal stories within these pages about how she found her voice—her poems speak to other poets and writers who explored other professions before authoring a book. Her curious mind, compassionate heart, and well of humor shine through in every single poem in Spark. Through her powerful words, Aruna speaks up against abstract problems such as war, poverty, and discrimination; she inspires us to return to love and stop being so divisive against our fellow man. And most of all, she gives us the means to spark conversation around social change. She writes: “We need to help/we need to nourish/we need to nurture, and we need to flourish/smoothly/and suavely/at work, in our minds, and in our lives.” If you desire to live life without carrying the heavy baggage of past hurt and trauma, read this book. You’ll find Spark to nourish your spirit so you can give yourself the gift of self-love.