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Jane Seskin is a clinical social worker and writer whose poetry has appeared in journals, newspapers, and magazines.. Her book, Witness to Resilience, consists of moving, poignant, vivid poems about violence towards women. They touch our hearts and sear our souls. The first poem in this book is “Home.”
I never thought of the kitchen as a battlefield with hot foods, dishes, pots, and silverware used as weapons.
I never imagined a broken mirror could scar flesh, a bedroom pillow could smother a breath, a curtain rod could gouge out an eye.
I never realized the handy tool chest could be so lethal;
roach spray could blind, hammers could break fingers and screwdrivers could puncture arms, legs, breasts.
I never thought, imagined, or realized,
but now I do, since I started listening to women
talk about the violence.
William Carlos Williams wrote:
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.
In Jane Seskin’s poems, the voices of the abused women she sat with, are a cry, a seminar, from the heart.