Prescription for Poetry: Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoonist, Teachers and Housewives, Among Many Who Contribute to A Chaos of Angels by Word Walker Press

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Word Walker Press opened its publishing doors with the release of its controversial poetry anthology, A Chaos of Angels. This diverse collection of works disputes the notion that biochemistry compels our every action.

Word Walker Press opened its publishing doors with the release of its controversial poetry anthology, A Chaos of Angels. This diverse collection of works disputes the notion that biochemistry compels our every action.

Co-editor Lois P. Jones comments, “In a culture where biochemistry has become its own religion, spirituality is being trumped by serotonin manipulation and ‘mood enhancers.’” Referring to Aldous Huxley’s disquieting portrayal of a Utopian society gone wrong (Brave New World, 1932), she continues, “We are acquainted with the author’s prophetic predictions of a world addicted to chemically driven happiness, and it is quietly coming to pass.”

The idea for A Chaos of Angels was conceived nearly two years ago when the editors observed the disturbing rate at which family and friends were being prescribed psychotropic drugs. Under the initial title, Pill Blues, editor Jones and co-editor Alice Pero placed a simple ad in Poets & Writers magazine asking poets to send in their works on the subject.

The response was enthusiastic, culminating in a collection of poems from more than 60 poets (with contributors from as far as England and Czechoslovakia). Chaos hosts a broad perspective: housewives, doctors, ex-patients, psychoanalysts, professors, mothers—even a contribution from a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist.

It was standing room only at Chaos’ debut reading on September 11th at Village Books in Pacific Palisades. Contributing poet Jane Alynn was one of several writers who flew long distances just to read her works at the book’s premiere. An excerpt from her poem, “Rx,” makes its subtle point:

“So a nurse named Dot who wants no trouble

heeds the hypocritical oath, and in double time,

fills the script with a pharmaceutical treat-

ment to kill, types the white label that reads

Serene as needed with food at bedtime

and pushes it through the moon-eyed window.”

Not to be drummed down by the beat of protest, there are other tones integrated into the mix, transcendental prose aimed at carrying the reader beyond the physical realms, as in R.G. Cantaloupo’s “Igloo”:

No day now. No night. The vast turquoise sky not changing

to a black mask pricked with eyes. Out of the flames

gods come, spirits, ghosts bearing visions and old

battles. Out of the white nothing, we create the living

light, the universe of blood, a new world."

The back of the book contains a healthy list of references where readers can learn more about alternative solutions to drug therapy.

Contact:

Lois P. Jones

Word Walker Press

P.O. Box 11052

Glendale, CA 91226

http://www.wordwalkerpress.com

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