New Book Tackles Violence, Prejudice, Patriotism Issues with Poetry, Photography

Pittsburgh, PA (PressExposure) May 06, 2007 -- A first book by Pittsburgh native Jason Greiner, “Wishing Wells: The Poetry of Love, Emotion and the World We Live In” examines contemporary issues stemming from events like September 11, 2001 and the 2002 Quecreek coal miner rescue in Somerset County, PA. The author uses both original poetry and photography to offer interpretation and meaning.

In addition to these issues we see daily, “Wishing Wells” delves into the underlying cultural and emotional factors that establish within us a sense of humanity. These include homelessness, religion, prejudice, love, patriotism and more.

For example, the lines “Essentially no difference / Exists between us / With the simple exception / Of the superficial without” and “High above the earth He’s raised / Stretched across a plank / With nails torn through His gentle hands / He pays for our mistakes” in the poems “Red Blood” and “Raised Above” reflect on racial indifference and the story of the Crucifixion.

To go along with the themes conveyed in the work, 12 stunning digital photographs, most of which have a particular Pittsburgh flavor, give a visual representation to the book’s overall subject matter.

The cover features a fountain outside of Phipps Conservatory with the famous Cathedral of Learning in the background. The interior showcases photos taken in Mt. Washington’s Grandview Park, Cook Forest and of two Downtown churches.

The author’s background in journalism and communications, combined with his Catholic upbringing and outspoken nature, makes for a unique and interesting perspective on the cultures, events and circumstances that make up our world today.

For more information on this publication, please visit iUniverse Publishing’s website at or contact the author at

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Press Release Submitted On: May 05, 2007 at 6:26 pm
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