Chaos and Ash by Kendall Johnson (Pelekinesis Press)

Tears in the Fence

In a world where movies and books often treat trauma casually and even glibly, Kendall Johnson’sChaos and Ashfrom Pelekinesis Press gives us an inside view of what it truly is and what treatment actually looks like. Johnson is someone who understands trauma. He is a Vietnam combat veteran and a former firefighter who rushed into the chaos of wildland fires in California. He later became a trauma psychotherapist and consultant specializing in big events. He was a second responder to 9/11, the Rodney King uprising in Los Angeles, wildfires across the United States, and the Northridge earthquake. He is someone who has spent a lifetime dealing with his trauma and others’, and where other books I have read treat the concept as an aside, Johnson’s book gives it the weight it deserves.

ThatChaos and Ashis a fictionalized memoir in flash and a few other forms is…

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