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This Has Happened: Words and Images After the Crash


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Type a description for this product here...by David Brehmer, drawings by Jeannine Chappell


A collaboration of poetry and art at once deeply personal and universal in its theme and message, This Has Happened details honestly the horror and humor, rage and contemplation, questions and revelations experienced by Jeannine Chappell and David Brehmer in the immediate aftermath of the tragic collision that stole Chappell's son Alex, and left Brehmer with multiple severe injuries.
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--This Has Happened:  Words and Images After the Crash details two parallel, but separate, responses to the same situation, two attempts to continue to move in the midst of something strange and horrible.

 On the evening of April 14, 2011 Alex Chappell and I were headed back to Richmond from band practice in Alex's truck when we were hit from behind by a drunk driver.  The truck rolled several times.  Alex died on the freeway that night.  I suffered serious internal injuries and two broken legs.  During my recovery I began to document my thoughts, exorcising images and emotions through poems when I could not sleep. 

 In the months following Alex's death his mother, Jeannine Chappell, began to sketch the many powerful and haunting feelings she was experiencing, unaware of my poems.  Months later we saw each other's work for the first time and discovered a common bond in our attempts to untangle the mass of thoughts and emotions welling inside.

 We decided to collaborate on a book about our respective journeys, Jeannine's told through her art, mine through poetry, a work that would speak to the universal experiences of death and injury, loss and trauma, and love and healing.  This Has Happened is the result.  It touches on the many facets of life in the aftermath of tragedy, the light, the dark, and the gray.  There is horror and humor, rage and contemplation, questions and revelations. 

 The process of creating this collection has proven immensely therapeutic.  It is a way to help us heal from this ridiculous tragedy-to share our journey with those who have supported us, and with the whole human family.  Grief and loss are inevitable and universal, but so, too, is the hope of healing.  We sincerely believe this collection has the potential to bring comfort, understanding and awareness to those who experience it.

 All of the poems and images have been compiled and fine-tuned.  We are hoping to raise $6,500 to help us print, self-publish and distribute the book.  Our project is deeply personal, but universal in its impact.  For that reason, Kickstarter is an ideal match.  We believe in your mission of supporting and spreading creative works.  Please help us send ours out into the world.

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