Glendale, CA (Vocus) September 16, 2010
New book shares the life, passion and inimitable words of young Tony Petrossian
Soulful Poems (published by AuthorHouse) is an insightful compilation of work originally written by slain teenager Tony Petrossian and posthumously assembled by Alec and Juliet Petrossian. Within its pages, readers will be given a glimpse into the life of Armenian Tony Petrossian, who was born in Tehran, Iran, grew up in America and became a respected young man before his life was tragically cut short at age 17.
Separated into two sections, Soulful Poems presents letters sent to the Petrossian family after Tony’s death – some written in verse and others in prose – from friends, community members and political figures, which stand as testaments to Tony’s ability to touch people’s hearts. While his death drew attention to the dire state of American teenage-life, his resounding impact and poetry shine light on all that youthful hearts have to offer.
In tune with the underlying currents of American society, especially American youth, Petrossian’s poetry speaks to an incomparable respect for humanity, the environment and the bonds of family and friends. With a breathtaking sensibility, Petrossian captured the sentiment of the entire nation with his poem in response to the Oklahoma City bombing. The poem, titled “The Bomb”, is featured below in excerpt:
A quiet day at work,
just as any other day
innocent people busy
at their job away.
In another place
a government building
suddenly crumbling down
to that very ground.
Two drove a car bomb near the building,
who do not care for … many lives lost
will justice be served?
Dedicated to the memory of this young poet and to other parents who grieve with the Petrossians, Soulful Poems is sure to fill readers’ hearts with Tony Petrossian’s love and eternal light. Please visit http://www.tonyremembered.com for more information.
AuthorHouse is a premier book publisher for emerging, self-published authors. For more information, please visit http://www.authorhouse.com.