Dive into an Emotional Tsunami with Jonathan Harris’s “The Wave That Did Not Break”
Jonathan Harris’s debut poetry collection The Wave That Did Not Break (Ash Tree Poetry) will drag readers into the depths of a heartbreaking and utterly emotional tsunami that will leave them reeling from both the tragedy and eventual healing of the poet.
Harris, who was a finalist for Cutthroat’s Joy Harjo Poetry Contest and who is currently working as the head of development for an entertainment agency called Atoll Productions, has a writing style that has a definite sense of musicality to it. His poetry collection is a dialogue between himself and his mother who was also a poet but died tragically by her own hand.
Although years have passed, Harris is still able to converse with his mother through the use of poetry—both his own original writings and the ones she wrote. Many of their narratives and writing sensibilities are alike and allows mother and son to be brought together one final time. Although many of the poems have a sorrowful tone, the end result showcases his mother’s many struggles and praises her brilliant writing. Readers also become privy to the wounded thoughts that have haunted Harris; however, his poems also highlight Harris’s own resiliency as well.
The Wave That Did Not Break is also a reminder to readers that poetry can be quite healing. Harris shows how he has triumphed over his struggle to reconcile with his past and was able to move forward and produce a moving and beautiful debut poetry collection.