How The Light Gets In
Hardcover, 134 Pages
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Through poetry, paintings and journal entries, this book describes a topography of five years of grief after the death of the author/artist’s husband. The healing power of art in bringing consciousness to the inner world is revealed in the process. In the course of those five years, two grandchildren are born, one child leaves home, pets die, and there is work to be done. The impact of grief with its gifts and its destruction is revealed in journal entries, poems and graphically in paintings. This is a description of the seeming relentless sorrow and yet the inexorable change in a period of mourning and transformation.
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May 6, 2010HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN REVIEW BY MEGAN RICE, poet/publisher (SEE TEEN SCREAM, A BRUSH WITH CANCER, THE ART OF MOTHERING) This subtle, sensitive book carves a path through the uncharted landscape initiated by the death of a best beloved. With great skill, Ms. Sibert weaves poetry, vivid paintings and journal text into a dream-like tapestry of the experience of loss, grief, and illumination. Our culture does little to prepare the individual for these feelings. By example, Ms. Sibert guides her reader in not only how to survive depths of emotion, but daring to explore, and even celebrate it through creativity. I read this book a few months after a death in my own family. As I moved thru the pages, I felt as if she was walking me through my own grief process. I was no longer alone in the wilderness of my pain. Patient and inclusive, this body of work is at once uniquely personal, and yet universal. I am very grateful for this author's book. It showed me the beauty of keeping a loved one's... More > memory alive, while simultaneously guiding the heroic work of letting go. I wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful book. REVIEW BY ERIK MUELLER, POET/PUBLISHER I believe (this) book speaks broadly to anyone alert to his/her or others' transience. The journal type writing is hard-hitting, concise, varied. The poems crystallize or float themes, some new, some scattered throughout. Their different look and sound give the sense of the writer stepping back, with some distance, but no less engagement than in the more daily writings. Then the paintings! which could be a whole world to themselves, but are not. Their linkage to the text is almost never literal, but like the poems they provide another level or layer to the account, and because they are wordless and use images and color without constraint seem to go even farther then language can. ....< Less
Oct 15, 2009"How The Light Gets In by Kit Sibert" When the book arrived in the mail I opened it fast. I sat on the edge of the couch and read it in it’s entirety from the back to the front. Reading if from the front seemed like it would be too difficult. To sad. Impossible. So I read it backward and still I wept and wept from it’s beauty and it’s depth. Then I knew I must read it in it’s proper order. From the day that Jody died, to the fifth anniversary. I wanted to meditate on each painting in the order in which I knew they should be viewed, but again I read it from back to front, engrossed. The artistry, the poetry. After the second reading I went to the Lulu site and ordered a copy for my sister, then sat down and re-read the book from the beginning. Straight through. For anyone who has ever lived. For anyone who has loved. For anyone. Everyone. Read this book.
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- Kit Sibert (Standard Copyright License)
- March 9, 2009
- Hardcover (casewrap)
- Interior Ink
- Full color
- 1.33 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.25 wide x 10.75 tall
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