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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
EMDR Inspired Art and Poetry: A Meditation on Hope and Pain for Troubled Times is a collection of poetry themed around trauma and recovery. The works within are suitable for the general reading audience and were penned by author Mark Odland who also illustrated the text. The book is a reflection on the methods and successes of EMDR therapy, with poems looking at the world that has caused the patients to require therapy and the journeys of those in the healing process. Originally intended as an inspiration for and solidarity with fellow therapists and clients, the collection now stands as a body of work that is for everyone who is struggling.
This is a powerful collection of artistic expression both in terms of the compelling illustrative work and in the dynamic and potent written word. Trauma and the road to recovery from it are abstract ideas that different people have different experiences of, so to have created such a moving work that will resonate with so many people is an incredible accomplishment by Mark Odland. His understanding of the nuances of the subject and the diversity of experiences within it shine through in the imagery and emotions in each entry and turn this reflection on the EMDR therapeutic process into a celebration of those who have struggled with pain and found a way to survive. Overall, EMDR Inspired Art and Poetry is a stunning read that shines a light on a unifying but difficult to discuss human experience, opening the conversation for those who have experienced it and developing an understanding for those who have not.