Am adding my kudos to the other reviewers for this unique anthology of poems dealing with some of the more difficult experiences many, if not most of us, encounter at some point during our lives, and the variety of ways we’ve found to deal or are still dealing with same. With topics as diverse as depression, anger, abuses of all kinds, unimaginable tragedy, bullying – to name a few – the twenty-one poets from points around the planet – talk candidly and poetically about this kind of pain. As it would be if one emerged “Beyond the Dark Room” work is also included about what it is like to come out the other side— to endure— when one might feel: calm, empowered, confidence, trust. As one of the poets included in this compilation, I cannot help but be impressed by the courage my fellow poets have demonstrated; it is matched only by the quality of their work, and I am humbled to be in their company. Special thanks to editor Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik, our guiding light and a personal inspiration.