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Therapy Poetry: From The Notebook of A Child Abuse Survivor Paperback – September 29, 2011
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About the Author
Clara B. Ray is an indie author and poet, who has been writing poetry for about three years. She grew up in rural Ardmore, Oklahoma, as Clara Finley, is 54 years old, and currently resides in Oklahoma City. Clara gained valuable experience and media exposure as a writer and speaker, while serving as a volunteer victim advocate for the Oklahoma City YWCA Crisis Intervention Center & Battered Women's Shelter. She is an adult survivor of paternal child abuse, who witnessed her mother endure domestic violence. She cherished being the media relations person present in 1991, as the mayor proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Oklahoma City. Although Clara is a licensed minister, she does not occupy a pulpit at this time, nor does she plan to return to active ministry. She plans to retire soon from 25 years of employment with the State of Oklahoma. Therapy Poetry is her third book.
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Ray's mastery of language is impressive. I am a lover of words - their tones, feel and the visuals they inspire. She fed my needs to visualize her experience, although it was quite painful. Ray chronicles her time from childhood to the present day, laying out the insecurities, uncertainties, and questioning why. I felt a big part of this therapy was attempting to come to grips with being an abused child. Abuse is complicated enough, but fathers are supposed to love their daughters and cherish them. They are not supposed to cause them harm. On the pages, Ray's hurt is so strong. Her pain goes against what I've experienced in my own life, yet I'm still taken down this road of despair along with her. And though she sets so much out for her audience, I appreciate the fact that she also offers explanations and analysis.
Clara B. Ray's style of incorporating her poetry with narratives, explaining what she gathered from each experience was awesome. To me, that says that she was not a victim. Not to trivialize her experiences, but I think it's a wonderful thing that she was able to dissect and work through her abuse, the choices that she made from her abuse and even her role as adult/mother. Therapy Poetry is a powerful tool for not only survivors of abuse, but those that are currently living the life as well. Great job Ms. Ray.