Alongside We Travel is the first ever international literary anthology of poems written by parents and caregivers of children with autism. This month, five award-winning poets read from the anthology in a special event at Broome County Library in Binghamton, New York. The book’s official synopsis describes it as “the first literary anthology to gather over two dozen poets from Canada, the United States, the UK and Israel whose lives are intertwined or affected by the autism spectrum.”
Emily Vogel, an author and mother of a child of with autism, organized the event. In a report by Wbng.com, Vogel acknowledged the therapeutic value of poetry, explaining that the anthology is meant to express and raise awareness of the challenges that come with raising a child with autism.
“Some people say no, poetry is not therapy, but poetry is a way of purging yourself of the things that are irking you or bothering you,” Vogel said. She also spoke candidly about the anxieties and insecurities some parents of children with autism might experience.
“You feel like it’s your fault– that’s another thing some parents feel like what did I do to make my child like this,” she said.
Proceeds from the anthology will go to the nonprofit Sharing the Weight, which creates hand-sewn weighted blankets for children on the autism spectrum.