Deborah Gerrish Draws Inspiration from the Paisley Design and Presents a Vivid Metaphor for her Deep Sense of the Complexity in Creativity, Form and Poetic Language

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New poetry book traces a woman’s life journey through connection with her family and nature.

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In her compelling collection of poems titled The Language of Paisley, Deborah Gerrish traces her life’s journey through her connection with family and nature. The poet’s Armenian grandparents lived in Diyarbakir, Turkey until 1914 just prior to the tragic Armenian Genocide. Religious persecution and military pressure forced them to migrate to the United States through Ellis Island where they settled in Paterson, New Jersey, once the silk capital of the country. When her family moved to New Jersey, her mother decorated their home with artistic paisley patterns. As part of her Armenian heritage, she was intrigued and inspired by these designs. Paisley, with its variety of colors and intricate movement, becomes a vivid metaphor for creativity, form and poetic language.

Throughout this book, the sanctuary of family shines through as well as the poet’s sharp sense of observation, her regard for nature, and her resilient spirit. Readers will find moments of grief and suffering as well as moments of joy and humor. These poems vividly reflect the honor Gerrish expresses for her family, her many moments of deep spirituality, her celebration of the natural world, her respect for poetry as well as the poet’s struggle and reverence for life.

The Language of Paisley is both an enigmatic as well as an inspiring read. It represents the connections Gerrish has to childhood and the development of her personal style as a poet. It becomes a bridge to her family, a common theme that threads and enriches her heritage as seen through the pages of this book. It becomes a symbol, a source of creative energy that anchors her to past generations and charges that foundation with familiarity and stability. With her poems, readers will enter her poetic world, a paisley tapestry woven with vibrant silk strands of the past, seen through a paisley lens of possibility, a lens of hope.

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About the Author
Deborah Gerrish is the author of the chapbook, The Language of Rain. Her poems have appeared in Adanna, Ararat, Exit 13, The Paterson Literary Review, Lips, among others, and in various anthologies. She was a recipient of an Edward Fry Fellowship for scholarship and accomplishment as a doctoral student at Rutgers University where she received her Ed.D. in Literacy Education in 2004. She taught for over thirty years as an English teacher in the New Jersey public schools. She and her husband reside in northern New Jersey where she teaches writing.

The Language of Paisley * by Deborah Gerrish
Publication Date: 12/28/2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 118 pages; 978-1-4797-0412-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 118 pages; 978-1-4797-0413-2
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-0414-9

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