New Poetry Collection Explores Hopelessness and Hope

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Author Sabah Jassim uses verse to outline his journey back to a hopeful life.

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Sadness and misery can cause a person to sink into depression, losing hope and sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. Sabah Jassim has been there, and his new inspirational book of poetry, “Yelizaveta: Memories That Shaped My Life” (published by iUniverse), shows readers that they can come back from that gloom more hopeful and stronger than ever.

“Yelizaveta” is a unique book of poetry. Asked to summarize the book, Jassim gives a very interesting reply, saying:

“Failures are those who cannot progress, but at the same time they do not want to let others progress. When you face this kind of individual, never deny them an opportunity to learn about your values for it is unfair to deny anyone a chance to know about your benediction, but at the same time, never invite them in your life because they grant you nothing but hindering your progress.”

Like a true poet, Jassim was inspired by powerful emotions. “Yelizaveta” grew out of the feeling Jassim experienced after the loss of a pure love relationship he once had. He says the experience taught him that people do not have many chances in life. He says that many friends – the likes of whom he had given so much in their times of need – disappeared when he was isolated and in despair.

He hopes his emotional journey will show readers that even in times of desolation there are ways to get back on their feet and to find their pride and honor again. He says people all have one thing in common – they want to be loved – and he wants his book to remind them that it is always possible to find that love.

About the Author
Sabah Jassim was born in Iraq, but he moved to the United States as a teenager and has since considered himself a San Franciscan at heart and soul. He attended San Francisco City College where he worked as a math tutor until moving to Los Angeles to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from California State University of Los Angeles. Jassim resides in Fort Hood, Texas and works for the U.S. Army as a medic and a translator. Raised as a Muslim, Jassim has practiced Judaism since converting shortly after moving to the United States.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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