I’ll start by saying that this anthology needs to be in the curriculum of colleges and universities, law enforcement academies, and women’s shelters around the world. Wherever injustice, crimes of barbaric violence, or bestial cruelty occur, this anthology should be mandatory reading. I couldn’t simply read it for review. The memories and experiences inside were shared so beautifully, ferociously, intensely that I had to savor every word.
More than 250 poets and writers, men and women from every continent on Earth, contributed to this anthology. Individual voices shine light onto secret horrors and hidden atrocities perpetrated by male violence, privilege and power in modern and ancient times. Common threads of rape, child abuse, genital mutilation, spousal abuse and every kind of cruelty imaginable are shared with incredible compassion, white hot rage, heartbreaking resilience or icy acceptance.
This anthology is not for the faint of heart. And yet, it is a book of hope and courage that has the power to bring out the best in all of us. These are powerful words by some of the best living writers and poets today. Veils, Halos and Shackles is a significant book of literary, cultural, and social excellence and highly recommended to mature readers everywhere.