New Book Gives a Poetic Interpretation of the Plight of American Culture

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In her new book Carol Thomas has written a truly poetic portrayal of America’s many issues in this day and age

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The American Culture is a proud culture indeed, not only is it a stalwart protector of freedom and progressive thinking, it is also described as an optimistic and vibrant culture where anything is possible. In these times though the culture seems to have been marred by a multitude of problems such as war, poverty, health care, class warfare and continued racial and negative political division. This compelled author Carol Thomas to compile a collection of poetry that addresses the current state of the country in her new book “Shards of Light and Hope: In a Darkening Time.”

This enlightening book of poetry attempts to articulate the realities and social issues of contemporary culture. To address them truthfully, and to offer authentic and honest common sense to taking care of the planet. It specifically highlights the wounded, and those whose suffering may be ameliorated through the empathic observance of the humanities and Aristotle’s notion of “friendship.” It also calls to the multitude of artists, writers and poets all over the world to become more vocal and more involved in solving the problem, and to be increasingly more engaged in changing political mendacity and duplicity.

“Shards of Light and Hope: In a Darkening Time” brings to light the many issues the American contemporary culture faces and how everyone can help solve these problems.

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About the Author
Dr. Thomas holds a PhD in literature and psychology from Union University and Institute, a doctorate in applied theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a master of arts in creative writing and poetry from Stetson University in Florida in addition to a master of arts in psychology from Saint Leo University in Florida. She has taught literature, psychology and women’s studies at the University of Connecticut, Bowie State University, and Cameron University as well as a number of additional universities and colleges. Her classes resulted in a book of original art and poetry, which was eventually published by the State of Connecticut. Dr. Thomas and her recently retired husband, Dr. Frank Thomas, a surgeon, now reside in Ormond-by-the Sea, where they are inveterate beach walkers, writers and proud parents of their newly acquired schnauzer, Rocky, who accompanies them on their frequent walks. Including a number of published chapbooks, this will be Dr. Thomas’s fifth book of poetry.

Shards of Light and Hope: In a Darkening Time* by Carol Thomas, Ph.D
New and Selected Poems
Publication Date: November 27,2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 147pages; 978-1-4931-4577-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 147pages; 978-1-4931-4578-2
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-4579-9

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