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N.J. native, former Bucks Poet Laureate pens fifth book


Kelsay Books presents Lorraine Henrie Lins’ “Without the Water,” published by Kelsay Books and available in March.

Because we are born without the ability to understand grief, it becomes a lifelong learning process. The poems in this new collection of poetry by Lins, a former Bucks County Poet Laureate, honor the grieving and individual sadness that is carried from the loss of a parent, a friend, a childhood, even a stray dog.

They invite the reader to share a journey of self-reflection and self-compassion, sometimes the most difficult gift one can give themselves. The poems help to understand the journey to living with—in spite of—grief.

“These poems remind us that a life lived long enough will endure many tragedies,” said Camille Norvaisas, author of “Rare as the Kotuku,” “and with this collection, we’re invited to honor them with grace.”

The book’s title is drawn from “Moon Jellies,” a bittersweet poem about tiny jellyfish and a young boy’s willingness to tender these delicate beings to their rightful place, having learned that they breathe by taking in oxygen from these water, and on dry land, it can no longer live.

Lins is the author of five books of poetry. Her work is widely published, including the American Poetry Journal, Isele Magazine, Philadelphia Stories and the Journal of New Jersey Poets—as well as a small graffiti poster in New Zealand. When Lins is not savoring her writing days along the coastal shores of North Carolina, where she now resides she mentors new and emerging poets.

Look for Without the Water at better bookstores, through online book dealers or by contacting the publisher/poet directly.

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