Once Divided: Words and Images
poetry and photography by Susan Currie
Photographer and yoga instructor Susan Currie has long produced work celebrated for its sacred threads. In this new collection, a seamless blend of visual and verse, she uses rich imagery as prompts for the written word. With grace and simplicity Once Divided shines a soft light on all of the glorious meanwhiles happening amidst the chatter, inviting readers from all walks to pause, gather, and reconnect with their translation of “home." Within its pages Ms. Currie and publisher Shanti Arts have woven together a timeless quilt of words, images, and journal space designed to invoke stillness and a clearing for self-expression. Perfect for yoga instructors or those engaged in inner work, Once Divided is a soul stirring awakening handbook, the ideal companion for a cup of tea, yoga, or a quiet afternoon on the back porch.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-941830-85-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Susan Currie is Managing Editor at BOSTON YOGA, a new media venture from the folks who publish LA YOGA magazine. In addition to curating peace of mind, balance, and fulfillment for these two publications, she continues to document everyday life’s lyrical moments with both camera and keyboard. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Yawkey Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston; the Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont; and most recently the Touch Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Beyond her contributions as a writer with LA YOGA and BOSTON YOGA, Susan’s words and images have been featured in the Boston Globe, Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, the Huffington Post, Spirit of St. Bart’s, and on the cover of the book Moving into Meditation (Shambhala, 2014) by Anne Cushman. Susan is also the creator of the Daily Inhale and an RYT 200 registered yoga instructor. She unpacks her various professional experiences through creative workshops she leads throughout the country. Susan lives in Andover, Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
“I reserve my highest accolade (better known as magical unicorn status) for very, very few people on this planet. Susan Currie is currently one of five. Susan and I were always destined to be friends. She doesn’t need to jump about and talk real loud, but she slays you with just getting it—whether it’s how you’re feeling, what the photograph needs to be, that you needed a hug, that you needed a phone call . . . . She comes from a place of truth and honesty and availability to all those who see and read her work. I just find that really awesome in a person, and that’s why she’s such a brilliant writer and photographer.”
“Having known Susan Currie for a decade or so, I have enjoyed watching her journey towards being more present and creatively alive. She has gradually moved from a career as a successful photographer and yoga instructor to one in which she also expresses herself through poetry. Now Susan speaks in her own voice, combining her words with her photographs. In doing so she opens new doorways for others to use images and words together in their own journals or notebooks. This new book will certainly resonate with many, as they move forward along their own personal pathways.”
“Susan Currie is a gifted poet, teacher, photographer, and artist. In Once Divided, she offers up pages of beauty suitable for exploring again and again. These poems and artistic images demonstrate a creative voice honed through practice. Lovingly crafted, this book serves as a springboard for the reader’s creative spirit, combining evocative words with a gorgeous series of images. Perfect to place on an altar, coffee table, night stand, or in a practice space, making inspiration available every day.”
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