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Embracing the Sky: Poems Beyond Disability [Paperback]

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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN  1843107287  
EAN  9781843107286  

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In this collection of his poems, Craig Romkema describes the daily journey of an individual whose body is encumbered with the symptoms of autism and cerebral palsy, but whose mind and spirit are relatively unaffected. He shares his life experiences, offering insights into a life beyond disability.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Craig Romkema lives with his family in a log house in the Midwest. He types his poems on a computer, with physical support to stabilize his body. After graduating from high school with honors, Craig spent a year writing, and is now attending college part-time.

Craig Romkema was born in 1980.

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Phenomenal  Jan 7, 2006
An almost impossibly beautiful and touching collection of prose and poetry. Craig is an incredible inspiration not only to the autistic community, but to those of us in the non-disabled world, who with so many more resources, do so much less.

His insight and intelligence will help challenge the "soft bigotry of low expectations" we so often see directed at the special needs population.

Bravo, Craig!

Mary Tiesenga
Well-crafted poetry  Dec 30, 2003
A talented wordsmith as well as a keen observer of life, Romkema chisels a a crack through the stone wall of autism for us to see life through his eyes. Far from a pity party of frustrating circumstances, Romkema's honesty and clarity invite us to examine life at a different angle, and appreciate it more deeply. Not only is this is an excellent resource for classrooms, or anyone seeking to understand the world of autism better, but it is a beautiful book of poetry for those who appreciate well-crafted writing.
Great Book  Dec 16, 2003
I definitely recommend reading this book. I was very moved after I read the peotry, and i believe I am a better person for doing so. This would rank among some of the best books of poetry that I have ever read. If there is anyone who has a child with autism or any other type of disability, this would be a vey good book to read.
The Person Within...The Good, The Bad & The Ugly  Nov 30, 2003
As the mother of a young ASD child, this wonderful book of thoughtful (and yes sometimes painful) poems gives insight into the world of what it must be like for a lot of children that cannot verbalize expressively. Craig's willingness to share the good, the bad and the ugly is comforting to me and it does give me hope that there is a good chance that my child will, someday, be able to let me know the "Person He Is Within"...the good, the bad and the ugly of what he is/was feeling and what it must be like to live with a disease that would challenge even the heartiest of souls.
The Real Truth  Nov 30, 2003
Being familiar with Craig and his family, I can validate that the words in these poems are straight from his experience and his heart. This gifted young man has gone from elementary school, junior high, high school, and on into college with a number of different aides to help him transfer his words from his mind onto paper with varying degrees of assistance. He now does much of his work with little to no physical support. His teachers and professors will verify the quality and authenticity of his work. One need only watch as he ponders and edits his exams and essays to realize that this individual has a highly active and intelligent mind, and that his aides are only providing the assistance his body needs in order to facilitate movement (similar to a Parkinsonian movement disorder).
Craig's poems about life with autism and cerebral palsy brought to light many struggles and issues his parents and aides were unaware of, and revealed the person trapped inside the disabled body. Craig has a unique personality with thoughts, insights, and ideas that those around him would not have imagined. While he may bring you to tears, Craig can also make you laugh, reflect, hope, and become angry--a sign of a truly gifted writer. His poems are alive, rich, genuine, and his own.

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