In RAW THΦUGHTS, John Casey unfolds a compelling and viscerally honest exploration of mindfulness and spirituality through a symbiotic fusion of poetic and photographic art. A singular and provocative approach, Casey combines literary and visual abstraction into emotive and cognitive catalysts for introspection. Each successive poem-photo pairing—each ‘raw thought’—builds on an underlying philosophy that compels us to assess and adjust what and how we think, with the aim of improving our lives—and by extension, the lives of those around us.
“A splendid journey of pain and passion, light, discovery and flight, beautifully told in poetic and photographic imagery.” – David Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of What Have We Done and Beyond the Battlefield
“Casey offers us a new transformative experience in RAW THΦUGHTS. Each amazing photo-poetic construct is not just a set of images and words, but a therapeutic medium that touches the depths and heights of the human experience.” – Jason Z. W. Powers, MD, MAPP, Author of When the Servant Becomes the Master and Positive Recovery Daily Guide
“In RAW THΦUGHTS, John Casey gives us a glimpse into the heart and mind, melding both in a search for hope. His poems furnish the words, and the photography of Scott Hussey shows us the magic of the combination. Together, the poem-photo fusion delivers an ethereal duet of meaning worth exploring.” – Sheryl Nelms, Author of 14 books of poetry and four-time Pushcart Prize Nominee
Paperback: 130 pages
Publishing date: July 1, 2019
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Price: $23.20 (paperback) $9.77 (e-book)
John Casey grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992. He earned an MA in International Affairs from Florida State University in 1994, then began his flying career as a tactical airlift and developmental test pilot. Casey left the cockpit in 2005 to work as an international affairs strategist and diplomat at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., embassies in Germany and Ethiopia, and at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he retired in 2015. Since then, he has focused on his writing. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, magazines and online blogs. Raw Thoughts is Casey’s first book, and he is currently working on his upcoming novel, Devolution. He is passionate about racquetball and fitness, music, travel and nature, and the human spirit. His writing is inspired by the incredible spectrum of people, places and cultures he has experienced throughout his life.