National Leader on Family Policy Reveals Top 3 Tips for a Meaningful Mother’s Day

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THROUGH THE HOURGLASS author John A. “Jack” Calhoun Encourages Children of All Ages to Reflect and Connect

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I want to encourage husbands, sons, daughters - everyone – to mark this Mother’s Day by writing or sharing a poem that captures and acknowledges the important relationships that have shaped their lives.

THROUGH THE HOURGLASS: Poems of Life and Love (Bartleby; $16.95; ISBN 978-091015585-4) author John A. “Jack” Calhoun is encouraging children of all ages to connect with the special women in their lives this Mother’s Day through poetry.

“By writing about my memories of life’s most powerful connections in my new book of poetry Through the Hourglass, I have given my family a lasting gift,” said Calhoun. “I want to encourage husbands, sons, daughters - everyone – to mark this Mother’s Day by writing or sharing a poem that captures and acknowledges the important relationships that have shaped their lives.”

Calhoun offers these three simple tips to creating a meaningful Mother’s Day:

1. Reflect – Select a powerful or touching memory or photo of your mother, grandmother or wife.

2. Write – Capture that memory or describe the photo in a simple poem or find a poem in a book, like Through the Hourglass, that conveys a similar emotion and write your own short message in the margin.

3. Connect – Make the simple, but powerful, gesture of handing the book or poem to that special person.

“Poetry should not be coy, trying to hide meaning in odd lines and strange rhythms. For me it is the opposite: I want the reader to come with me into the heart of the emotion, to the wonder and emotion I feel,” said Calhoun. “This particular form suits me best as I struggle to get to the heart of the matter, a sudden glimpse of the extraordinary under the ordinary, my constant wonder at and commitment to family.”

About the Book:
THROUGH THE HOURGLASS: Poems of Life and Love (Bartleby; $16.95; ISBN 978-091015585-4) is a stunning collection of moving poetry spanning four decades and several seasons of life as experienced and expressed by the author John A. “Jack” Calhoun – a pioneer and national leader in the field of youth violence prevention. With chapters devoted to “Courting,” “Kids,” “Teens,” and “The Miracle of Grandchildren,” Calhoun is able to articulate the extraordinary experiences found in the ordinary moments of life: falling in love, tending to a sick child, a grandchild’s fascination with sidewalk cracks, and the gangling growing pains of raising a teen. In “Portraits” and “Coming and Going,” Calhoun introduces compelling characters, some of whom embrace life and others who struggle to hold onto it. Readers are moved to emotion as they discover the commonality of the human experience even in these most personal poems. Gift givers will easily find a favorite verse to highlight in this beautiful and slim book that captures the essence of a cherished relationship.    

About the Author:
John A. “Jack” Calhoun is an internationally renowned speaker and frequent media guest and editorial contributor. He is currently a senior consultant to the National League of Cities and the U.S. Department of Justice. For more than 20 years, Calhoun was the founding president of the National Crime Prevention Council, prior to which he served under President Carter as the Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families. His first book, Hope Matters: The Untold Story of How Faith Works in America (Bartleby; $23.50; ISBN 978-0-910155-72-4) was published in 2007. Calhoun resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife Ottilia.

Media wishing to interview Jack Calhoun about the book, the intersection of poetry and policy, or youth violence issues, can contact Brand Spoken Communications at mediarelations(at)brandspoken(dot)com.

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