The Peace Chronicles
Released on July 7, 2021
Documenting my last moments in the Vortex, The Peace Chronicles moves from a searing betrayal by Tyrone (Love from the Vortex & Other Poems) to my equanimity with it. These poems also record my peacemaking with my father, the tireless work of my ancestors, and celebrates the freedom that brings me tranquility, contentment and joy.
With beautiful endorsements by the amazing Mahogany L. Browne, Rio Cortez, Adam Falkner, Micah Bournes & Amelia Simone, my sophomore collection asks the questions: How can we learn from pain that grips us tightly? Where does love go to be laid to rest and when it rises again, do we name it resurrection, awakening, or reimagining?
"These poems are psalms and serve as brilliant beams to bring her readers safely home." - Mahogany L. Browne, Author of Chlorine Sky
"a remarkable journey through healing and revelation. Dazzling lyrical meditations that leave the reader breathless." - Rio Cortez, New York Times Bestselling Author of The ABCs of Black History
"a live wire scraped open by love. These poems shine.'" - Adam Falkner, PhD, Author of "The Willies"
Love from the Vortex
& Other Poems
Six Men. Three Decades. One Woman.
Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC), is poet and scholar-activist Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz’s first full-length collection. An archeological exploration on love and intimacy, the book charts her journey of finding and losing love over the span of three decades with six different men who came into her life at various times, but also offers a universal take on what can happen when one seeks love and connection with others, and the lessons that follow when that connection and love is lost.
Revealing moments of happiness, fantasy, frustration, and eventually dealing with the dissolution of relationships, the book moves beyond these anticipated stages to moments of grace and beauty that come with the discovery and practice of self love, and a fuller understanding of what it means to truly love someone as your love yourself.
Love from the Vortex topped Amazon's print and Kindle lists for African American Poetry!