Heart Strong, Selected Poems of Nina Serrano 2000-2012
What better than a gift book of love? The critics say that Nina Serrano’s “… words and images tell the tale of a woman existing in the midst of history—in an age in which, strangely enough, it seems absolutely necessary to affirm that one can feel love. How, in the murderous twentieth/twenty-first century, can love exist at all? Heart Strong tells how it can exist, and flourish, and even—in the midst of horror both personal and historical—heal. A strong heart (a strong heart is the very basis of poetry) can be a weapon.
These are not sentimental love poems. My poems are the written from a hard forged love tested by decades of deep heart wrenching life, through pregnancies, childbirths, wars, menopause, grandchildren, deaths, great grandchildren, struggles for peace, equality, and planetary balance. A love that keeps on creating and feeling the awe, mystery and joy of life.
The book includes many drawings from my journals, dreams and friends to expand the words into a greater realm of imagination and feeling. I hope the readers of Heart Strong are moved to explore their own creativity and inner source of hope through this book and feel loved. That’s why Heart Strong will make the perfect gift.