A poetry compilation called ‘For Crying out Loud – Voice of an Exile’, by Bettina John von Freyend-Peterseil, has just been published.
The compilation comes at a time when globally people are exiled and forced to move on a large scale. Bettina was born at the end of World War II in Germany. Part of the postwar generation, she chose to exile herself early on. She travelled the world and was never able to settle anywhere. She now has lived the past 32 years in Mayo, where she and her husband built their home, raised their children and tended the land, and where she writes, teaches and facilitates creative writing classes.
The poetry compilation offers a personal account of the mindset of a self-imposed exile. She reveals her disconnection and longing to belong, mirroring a world also steeped in separation.
Reviewing the collection, author and poet Órfhlaith Ní Chonaill said: “This work is brave, honest and powerful. The poems chart the journey of an exile and a pilgrim soul. Through its pages we too become pilgrims seeking for self, The poet searches and questions endlessly, finding no easy answers but glimpsing fleeting moments of belonging in odd places, especially in Mayo in the ‘lonesome bog desert’, where she has made her home. Through this act of re-membering her life, she has has woven herself whole. The reader is privileged to travel with her.”
‘For Crying out Loud – Voice of an Exile’ is available at local bookshops in Castlebar, Westport and Louisburgh and at the Atlantis Shop in Castlebar. The collection will be officially launched at The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on January 19.