Susan J. Farese, a resident of Carmel Valley, a retired nurse who has worked in public relations for 10 years and who is the owner / president of SJF Communications, has published a second edition of her collection of poetry, “Poetic Expressions in Care Nurses: Sharing the Caring ”, which was first published in 1993.
Farese will have an Author Table, where the paperback will be available for sale, at the San Diego Writers Grand Reopening, Ink “Book Selling Bonanza / Writers Meet Up” on Saturday, August 14 from noon to 4 pm. will be held at 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16 # 204, San Diego, 92106. Visit www.sandiegowriters.org for more information.
In a question-and-answer session, Farese explains how his past experiences and the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic led to an opportune time to honor nurses and other healthcare workers with a second edition of his poetry. Answers have been edited slightly for clarity and brevity.
Q: What inspired the book?
Rate : The first edition was published in 1993 following stories of nurses and family stories in my heart. And so I decided to republish a second edition this year because of the pandemic and how nurses have been affected by stress, burnout and depression while caring for people with this horrific pandemic. Even though I no longer work in a clinic, I just feel like supporting nurses with their stress by publishing this book so nurses can validate their stories through poetry and learn a bit more about how poetry works. can heal and be cathartic and therapeutic for them too.
Q: Is your poetry based on your real life experience as a nurse?
Rate : I have had a nursing license since 1978, I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in nursing, and I spent just over 13 years as a nursing nurse in the navy and army from 1978 to 1990, c This is why the book was originally written in ’93. And I started writing poetry in 1991, the year after I left the army.
Q: Are there any poets you admire who have influenced your work?
Rate : Amanda Gorman right now, then a few songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Lin Manuel-Miranda. I’m not really a literary poet, as long as I have a creative arts degree. I have a master’s degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. I enjoy lyrics and write free form poetry from the heart, so rather than literary, I spill my heart out either in rhyming, rhyming without rhyme, or haiku.
Q: Having worked in public relations, is it a different experience to have to promote yourself?
Rate : It’s very strange because I’ve been doing public relations since 2011, quite religiously here in San Diego, starting with five years of public relations in the theater. And then in 2016 I got freelance, (working with) more theaters, musicians, a lot of writers recently and a few companies and filmmakers. I’ve worked with so many writers that there’s almost a formula, and when it comes to me it’s like, it’s really weird not having a publicist and being the publicist. I am used to promoting and cheerleading for other people.
Q: Did you have a particular audience in mind when you first wrote the book?
Farese: Definitely for nurses and those who love and support them, and for anyone who wants to know more about some of the stories that are in the form of poems of my life, to introduce them to the concept of nursing poetry. In my book, I have poems about my family, like when my dad had a heart attack, then open heart surgery, and my grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease. Things about models and everything about nursing in general. Night shift, day shift, cardiac arrest, a little bit about HIV because it was originally written in the 90s.
Farese’s book is available at amazon.com and more. For more information, visit sjfcommunications.com.