Bruised But Unbroken Revised: Poems & Stories by Cheryl Antao-XavierBruised But Unbroken Revised: Poems & Stories by Cheryl Antao-Xavier

Bruised But Unbroken Revised: Poems & Stories

byCheryl Antao-Xavier

Paperback | February 20, 2017

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poetry and stories about resilience, empowerment, regrowth, environment degradation, Canada patriotism, war and peace, on writing, perspective, yin yang, life vignettes, surviving violence against women.

Cheryl Antao-Xavier began writing poems and publishing them in student magazines. She has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and studied Urdu literature till high school. Her love for poetry and the English classics endured. So did working with the written word. She went to Ryerson to hone skills in writing, editing, and publish...
Title:Bruised But Unbroken Revised: Poems & StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.21 inPublished:February 20, 2017Publisher:In Our Words Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1926926781

ISBN - 13:9781926926780

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

A Prayer 7

Bruised but Unbroken  9

Teaching Moments  10

Promise of Spring  11

Outside Face  12

Hate Words  13

The Cup  14

Memories of Light  15

Priorities  16

Fear  17

Serenity in the Moment  18

Food for Thought  19

Dining in the Moment  20

Changing Kismet  21

Old Baggage   22

No Replicas of this, Please   23

Domination  24

In the Bell Tower ..... ..25

Enough .................. .26

Old Issues came to Visit  .....27

Reckoning .. .......28
Shells ........... .29

Unhealed Wounds .. ....30

Band Apart ..... 31

No Roses, Just Dandelions ...33

You are Gone .... ....34

The New Canada ...... .....35
On Writing Creative Misgivings ... .37

Words of Wisdom ...  .38

Shifting Mood ........ ...39

No Dreams ....... ......40

Words of Love .......................41

The Power of Poetry .............42

Discounted Dreams ..............43

Tired Muse ........... .....44

Seeking New Spheres ...........45

Look with Kind Eyes ............47

A Memoir ...............................48

Uneasy Peace .........................49
Contents
On War and Peace

Unknown Soldier ..................51

On Both Sides ........................52

To a Refugee...........................53

The Sounds of War ................54

Save Your Tears .....................55

Faith Revisited .......................56

Thank You, Canada ..............57

By Life's Way .........................59

The Banyan Tree ....................61

Monsoon Tears ......................62

World of Waste ......................63

Under the Maple Tree ..........64

Planting anew ........................65

Petal Perfect ...........................66

Dancing Daisies .....................67

Sukoon* ...................................69
Mind Shift
Mind Shift ........... ......71

Rise Up! Rise Above! ............73

Cat Inspiration .......................75
Living Moments ....................76

Utopian Moments .................77
Vignettes of Life
Lest I Forget ...........................79

Going Home ...........................80

Parenting Revised .................81

For Bradley .............................82

Toppling of an Idol ...............83

My Way ..................................84

Lesson From Big Mama ........85

Then and Now .......................86

The Procedure ........................87

Box of Treasures ....................88

Girl ...........................................89

Soul Sister ...............................90

I am Home ..............................91

I Love Canada, Because... .....93

Small Iniquity ........................94

The Little Red Streamer ........95

A Prayer ..................................96
Reviews for 'Bruised but Unbroken' .... ....97

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REVIEWS FOR BRUISED BUT UNBROKENWith heart-aching resonance and a forthrightness that cannot but move you, Antao-Xavier returns to the past, reconciles old and new selves, and finds comfort in the present.  I see in her, and in her poetry, a kindred ‘unbroken spirit,’ who lives life with devotion and humility, courage and truth, sadness and joy, and with a desire to serve.--Dr. Ranjini George, Professor and author of Through My Mother’s Window: Emirati Women Tell Their Stories and Recipes.In a time where women have been forced to assemble worldwide to defend their rights, the re-emergence of Bruised but Unbroken is both timely and necessary. Antao-Xavier portrays the female experience in smooth and compelling lines.--Brandon Pitts, author, Pressure to Sing, Tender in the Age of Fury, and In the Company of Crows.Cheryl’s words feel like a beacon, lighting the way for the reader and ultimately delivering them through their own brokenness.  The sprinkling of haikus throughout her book provides a refreshing touch, like that of a gentle shower of hope. The strength in her prose creates a restorative power that is palpable.--Susan Ksiezopolski, author of My Words, Writing for Change and The Writer’s Workshop.Bruised but Unbroken is a personal, in-your-face collection of poetry that focuses on the theme of not giving up, of overcoming, of reflecting on what’s been done to you or your loved ones and taking a stand. I loved it. Great poetry is moving. It is personal and philosophical, and shines light on our hidden hopes and secret despairs. Antao-Xavier’s collection does exactly that.--Adam Fernandes, writer, educationist, activist, adam-fernandes.blogspot.ca.Cheryl Antao-Xavier’s new collection is ‘a box of treasures.’ Each poem is a prayer of faith in our own spirit, inviting us to forge ahead in spite of obstacles, to ‘step out of the margins’ and lift our soul ‘out of misfortune, healed and unbroken.’ -- Josie Di Sciascio-Andrews, teacher, poet & author of Letters from the Singularity and Jar of Fireflies, Host & Coordinator of the Oakville Literary Café.This is poetry at its powerful best: digging deep to wring out unspoken thoughts from the depths of the soul. Frustration, despair, heartbreak all simmer through, then pour out in the form of words that often leave you gasping at the rawness of emotion. Bruised but Unbroken is not just poetry that will have you marvelling at the unquestionable skill of its author, its emotional undercurrent will touch your heart.--Archie D’Cruz, publisher, atypeofmagic.com.Cheryl Antao-Xavier’s heartfelt poetry gently lights up the pages with well-crafted verses spanning moments and years.--I.B. Iskov, Founder, The Ontario Poetry Society.Bruised but Unbroken breathes life into women’s empowerment by exposing the grim truth of oppression and the culpability of complacency therein.--Jasmine Jackman, educator, author, motivator.Bruised but Unbroken is brilliantly crafted, a testimony to the resiliency of women to ‘rise again.’ Cheryl Xavier portrays lived experiences, creating empowering mindfulness and healing that disrupts the transmission of intergenerational violence. A must read for all who resist social inequities and human rights violations. Rita Kohli, feminist, writer, human rights activist.