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Word Patriots

Mark Seinfelt

Word Patriots – Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names For Love (encore)

Due to the hospitalization of my producer Donnie “Turk” Schnars this week, we are re-broadcasting my July interview with the noted poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman. Diane is the author of over two-dozen books. Many know her as the author of the best-selling “A Natural History of the Senses.” She hosted a five-hour PBS television series inspired by that work. Her poetry includes “Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire, “I Praise My Destroyer,” and “Wife of Light.” “One Hundred Names For Love” tells the story of Diane’s husband Paul West’s terrible 2004 stroke. Diane relates how frightening and frustrating the stroke proved for Paul and how devastating it was for her to witness Paul’s ability to communicate taken away, his essential self amputated. Diane also tells how she helped Paul find his way back to himself, how she threw a life-jacket out to that dark place without words for Paul to grasp, and drew him back to the light, a feat as heroic and epical as Proust’s recapturing of lost time. Many people will learn from her methods and successes. She lays out a plan of attack for stroke victims suffering from aphasia to recover lost skills and in the process details an incredible love story. To find out more about Diane Ackerman visit her webpage: Also see the Amazon page for “One Hundred Names For Love”: