Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Louise Matthewson
“When I get back out-
through the gift of poetry
I will find my way back
to the web
of life on earth.”
Excerpt of the poem,“A Road Not Chosen” form Life Interrupted Living With Brain Injury
by Louise Matthewson
I am very pleased to feature Memoir Author and Poet Louise Matthewson in this interview about the healing power of poetry in memoir.
In February 2003, Louise emerged from a coma following an automobile accident in which she suffered a traumatic brain injury (commonly referred to as a TBI). These complex head injuries can have an enormous impact on the injured person and his or her family, with far reaching implications.
Faced with the biggest challenge of her life, Louise has subsequently used poetry to process her grief and recover – both physically and emotionally. Through her website, she shares samples of her work and resources in hopes it will bring strength and hope to other TBI sufferers and their loved ones.
A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury, is a collection of transformative poetry that arose from the author’s experience following a traumatic brain injury. It chronicles her emergence from a coma following a serious car accident, her recovery journey, and triumphant return to her writing career.
While Louise has always written about the sacred moments in everyday experiences, today those experiences hold even deeper meaning.
Though a struggle at first, Louise returned to her writing as soon as she was able after her auotmobile accident. She has since used her writing (and poetry in particular) to help her cope with the physical affects of the accident, recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder, and in the emotional part of her healing process.
Here is a link to an interview with her publisher at Pearlsong Press.
KP: In 2003, you suffered a traumatic brain injury and fell into a two-week coma following an automobile accident. Tell us what made you decide to write about it and how long it took:
KP: How did you find healing through your writing?
KP: You use poetry to tell your story. Tell us how writing poetry enhanced your storytelling.
The author of short stories, narrative essays and poems, Minnesota author Louise Mathewson’s work has been published in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies – including the first volume of the bestselling book series, Cup of Comfort. Her new book is A Life Interrupted: Living with Brain Injury.
Louise can be contacted in the following ways”