In the description of this collection of spiritually deep and sensually appealing poems, Going Deeper: Angels and Dreams by Anna-Karen Sorensen, we read: “We walk with the earth through the senses of our bodies and fly with the angels with the intuition in our hearts” and there could be no better way of capturing the essence of these poems and spiritual insights. The author pulls the reader from the mortal realm into spheres of transcendent reality, drawing the reader into streams of light. In this collection, the author allows her poetic intuition to meld with her spiritual senses and draws on religious symbolism to speak to the heart and soul of the reader.
There are relevant allusions to philosophy, art, and religion, and the author uses the lines of her poems to establish the intersection between these different sources of knowledge. There are moving insights and explanations between the poetic lines, and they are done in a language that is as evocative as the poetry. The images speak volumes and the author offers some thoughts about them. Going Deeper: Angels and Dreams is a poetry of the soul, written in a style that is original and, as one reads from line to line, one is given a glimpse of the unsayable, those unspoken truths that are just known to be so. There are things for which we find no language, but the poet makes us feel them, makes us experience infinity in mortality, and welcomes eternity in short lines of poetry.
I wrote the first edition of “A Fate Unwound Too Soon,” in order to share what I felt and learned as a caretaker of the tiniest of premature babies. One thread has run through the whole of my experience in the NICU--the rise of the unheralded sympathy that is native to all things. What I expect to see in the intensive care setting is the most noble form of compassion, the love of mother for child, but what I witness is much more—the acts of kindness between strangers. At the center of this giving I always find the too early born babe, the angel who brings with it the knowledge and revelation that initiates the rise of sympathy that is expressed as compassion.
In the creation process of the book, the initial configuration that this sharing took was visual, but as time passed, the work that wanted to express itself shape-shifted into a book of images, a gestalt of poesis. Poetry at first glimpse reads foreign, but it is in fact the most familiar of things embedded as it is with the essence of its own culture. In this way, Poetry is the many-skilled tool that enables the Soul to reach the Minds of many readers as the image shifts its meaning to fit each context.
Sadly, if an image is approached with a closed mind, that is to say, with expectation, it will have no power to guide, to create or to heal. If read with an open mind, the text that is heavy with meaning becomes a new experience each time it is read whether it is read by different readers or by the same reader at different times. Image is the tool that the Soul uses to bring Truth to the Mind, but it requires an open mind, one that is allowing and receptive enough to hear the hint that will bring with it the shift in the imaginary line around which the axis of Reality rotates.
The tiny babe is the axis mundi of my world, the center around which my dream has spun itself out and I hope that I have succeeded in imbedding some of the rich texture of my experiences into this text.
Anna-Karen Sorensen MD
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Thoughts on Love, Life and Mania is a collection of thoughts/quotes that taken one at a time, introduce an idea. If the thoughts are experienced in repetition or as a group, they imbed a new prospective. Angels and Dreams is the first of now two books with Thoughts on Love, Life and Mania being the second. They belong together, but they can stand on their own. The nidi for each book idea came from my Master’s work and the layers from life. I hope you enjoy them and understand that these books are not books of poetry, although they are poetic, nor are they narratives. They do not intend to convey a story but rather meaning, the deeper idea. Love is the pervasive motivating force between all things, the divine nature that is hidden in all things as sympathy. Its impulse is to connect outside of the bounds of structure, breaking down the walls of the intellectual sanctuary as it brings the other back into Mind and the unknown to consciousness. It is through Love that one participates in the world for Love teaches the Mind, shifting its perspective from I to we and its movement from suffering to healing.
Mania of Love
We, in love, are the madwoman gathering bits of junk working feverishly at a task seemingly without goal, but in accord with the logic of our own private madness.
Thoughts on Love, Life and Mania
Second companion book for
“A Fate Unwound Too Soon.”
The Second Womb is a nest, the sacred place that we all must have to complete our becoming. Whether it is the warmth and safety required after the first birth, or it is the space needed for withdrawal and reimagining, the second womb is the needed surrogate-a compassionate experience that works outside of time as it helps in healing.
This is a book of poetry that has seven chapters. They deal with the feminine, our sacred spaces, the isolation of thought, large and small truths, life and its rhythms, and many other ruminations.
She Who Waits
The crib sways to her rhythm As an angel hovers o’er the bed Its song slips through the lips Of the mother at its side.
Whether to stay or to go The babe does not yet know For the song is still being sung By the siren who waits.
Music, like life, is a short-lived thing Notes drafting passing thoughts Flesh clinging to an airy soul Like mist shifting with the sea.
As the siren sings her pleading song Her sounds pulse with the breeze Made by the breath of the sleeping babe…