Unsaid Words: A Collection of Poetic Family Letters is a collection of poetic letters addressing difficult family conversations. These are conversations we knowingly or unknowing avoid yet if we had spoken these words, it would have improved our family conversations and family relations.
In this book, authors Aliker P’Ocitti and Laker Winfred. L. juxtapose the male and female positions in our families to create characters that provoke unspoken words in their poetic letters.
In their recollections, the authors open our minds to the salient issues in our families that they wish had been talked about that is never aired out in family conversations.
These salient issues are never spoken about because of cultural barriers and sometimes poor family relations in our everyday family life.
The authors choice of poetic letters is to symbolize the distant relations between parents and their children and the timing and setting of the book.
In the book, the children are already in family relationships and living away from their parents and reminiscing conversations they should have had with their parents and siblings while they were one family.
The poetic letters are written by a daughter addressed to her father, a son addressed to his mother, and a brother addressed to his sister.
In the response to these poetic letters, the father and mother reply to their son and daughter opening up the family space for conversations, they should have had in their family.
The purpose of this book is to incite open conversations in our families today to improve family relations and prepare children for their next family life in marriage and society out there.
Poor family relations are one of the leading causes of family breakups, separations and divorce, we hope this book inspires readers to normalize the unsaid words and say them to provoke the difficult conversations we must have to prepare readers for a new family life.