131 Poems from the Heart
|Title: 131 Poems from the Heart
|Author: Edeltraut L. Scheffler-Plath
|Size: 6" x 9"
(15.2 x 22.8 cm)
|Style: Trade paperback
|No. of pages: 162 pages
|Publisher: Integrity First Publications
|Retail price: $16.99
Edeltraut, or Eddy as she likes to be called, is a remarkably courageous
woman. She is now totally deaf from the effects of Meniere's Disease, which she
has endured for the past 50 years. It has left her with loud tinnitus as her constant companion,
and permanent balance problems. In
addition, she is almost blind. Not surprisingly, she is given to bouts of
depression. Yet in spite of all this, Eddy continues to write her unique brand
of poetry. Her aim is to help other hard of hearing people by giving them the
courage to go on in spite of their communication difficulties.
131 Poems from the Heart contains the best of Eddy's poetry.
Her poetry (rhyming couplets set in free verse) details many of the struggles she
has experienced due to her various ear problems. As you read this book,
you will identify with Eddy as her poems tug at your heartstrings.
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|"I ordered Eddy's book of poetry. I have been taking
my time and reading her poetry, along with a few 'asides'
from Neil, her publisher. I just wanted to let you
know that it is an amazing, and particularly
wonderful collection. I would recommend it to any of you. You will
find yourselves nodding your head over and over again, and
saying, 'Yes, that is how I feel.' Her poetry is
humbling. I see myself over and over again. The 'loss of
self' that often accompanies hearing loss is almost unbearable. She's like a
voice for us hard of hearing and late deafened
people—putting her finger right on the pulse of our journeys
through hearing loss. If you've
been thinking about getting her book, don't hesitate, it's truly a
treat, and something I will treasure and return to."—Linda B.
"Eddy's poems alternately clutch at your heartstrings and have
you nodding your head over the hearing loss journey that we all
share. I recommend Eddy's book of poetry, even if you're not a
poetry fan, for a look at oneself. Her words are our feelings about
our hearing loss, set to paper."—L. B.