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Monday, 30 April, 2007 4:32 PM

Springtime's Promise of Renewal Isn't Comforting for Everyone

Nursing a healing hurt with “Thoughts Pressed Between Pages”

Spring is in the air… and with it comes the promise of renewal. As skeletal trees begin to unfurl their budding leaves and the first glimmers of green return to the dormant winter landscape, Mother Nature reminds us that indeed, there is a season for everything. Many people recognize the first signs of life in springtime as a time for starting anew. But for the millions of Americans who are dealing with a divorce, springtime can feel like a cruel reminder that while they’re still nursing a wounded heart, life moves forward, often in colorful pageantry.

Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that romance is a double-edged sword. The giddiness of falling in love is often doused in melancholy when life’s daily struggles start chipping away at romance. The stress and hectic pace of everyday living can overwhelm a blossoming relationship according to author and poet Jesse M. Arzate. “We live in an era of harsh immediacy; we’ve been groomed to expect instant gratification in all aspects of our lives,” says Arzate. “That includes love and heartbreak as well. When a relationship ends, we expect ourselves to ‘get over it’ quickly because that’s what society dictates. But I just don’t believe the human soul is designed to simply cast emotions aside at a supersonic speed.”

The belief that we should learn to savor our emotions and explore the depths of our love is the impetus behind Thoughts Pressed Between Pages, a compilation of Arzate’s poetry. The poems capture the paradoxes of human emotion; intoxicating love and devastating heartache; exquisite happiness and blinding grief. Arzate’s words evoke powerful imagery to remind us that while a relationship can be fleeting, love’s impact can be long-lasting and the aftermath of a breakup can leave indelible marks on our soul.

Arzate wrote the poetry during what he considers ‘two of the most significant years’ of his life. He hopes others who are suffering the sting of unrequited love or muddling through the emptiness of a lost love will read Thoughts Pressed Between Pages and see that they are not alone in a sea of whirling emotions, and that it does take time for feelings and hearts to heal. “There’s nothing wrong with taking the time to reflect upon a relationship when it ends,” says Arzate. “If you’ve been married to someone for five years and the marriage ends in divorce, does it even seem logical that your heart would instantly forget that person? You can’t deny the love you had or the hurt you feel because that won’t really heal your heart.”

Arzate characterizes Thoughts Pressed Between Pages as an antidote to a culture that is mostly marked by vulgarity. As a father, he dreams of buffering that coarse roughness and he hopes his poetry will inspire others through the beauty of the verses. In many of his poems, Arzate expresses a love that is not limited to earthly confines and thus rejoices in the miracle of life. A love that all can appreciate; whether they are rejoicing in the arrival of spring or healing their emotions on a timetable that doesn’t follow the change of seasons.

 

Thoughts Pressed Between Pages
By Jesse M. Arzate
47 pp., Paperback $8.95 US
Vantage Press, Inc. 2007


Available at www.amazon.com

 

About The Author:

Jesse M. Arzate has had a lifelong love for poetry. As a child, he grew up in a migrant family. Now a father himself, much of his poetry has focused on the mother of his children. Jesse continues to write creatively from his home in California.

 

 

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