Fractals: A Poetic Journey for Acceptance (Volume One) is a book of poetry that catalogues one Army veteran’s full circle journey from being whole, to being shattered by child abuse and then finding the inner strength to travel the journey to be whole again through reflection and writing.
There are so many facets to life, trauma is a part of life we all share. Every person’s trauma experience is different and can affect different parts of us.
“Don’t let trauma take over your life,” says Krotec, who has experienced trauma in the form of sexual assault, war, and a traumatic brain injury that served as a turning point for him.
Krotec’s poetry is raw and deep and he allows the reader even further into the thoughts behind each poem with a short explanation at the end. Krotec’s writing allows each reader to see themselves in the words. He creates a safe space for readers to reflect on their own lives and experiences.
By sharing his life in such vulnerable, transparent and authentic ways, Krotec sets the stage for us all to follow. Reading Fractals: A Poetic Journey for Acceptance may have been Krotec’s journey towards healing, but in sharing his writing with all of us, he gives us the opportunity to start our own healing journeys, no matter what our traumas.
Poetry is one tool we can all share to help process trauma. Through storytelling comes great healing. Krotec hopes that by sharing his stories, he will encourage others to face their demons and come to terms with whatever trauma may be buried inside of them.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, in the US, one in six men experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime (https://www.nsvrc.org/node/4737)
70 percent of adults, or 223 million people, in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Traumatic events include anything from sexual assault, childhood abuse, divorce to a cancer diagnosis.
Abuse as a child is particularly likely to affect an adult life because it occurs at a time when the brain is most vulnerable. People who have experienced trauma may also struggle with getting help. One of the most common outcomes of trauma is avoidance.
Research has shown that maintaining strong social ties with friends and family members is crucial to good mental health.
Fractals was published on Amazon this World Poetry Day, March 21, 2020.
April 2020 is the official 19th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
From the Author:
By supporting this book, we can help to remove the stigmas so often associated with childhood sexual traumas and give readers the courage, a voice, some inspiration and motivation, and the hope to overcome the emotional injuries caused by these vile acts.
If this book can help just a single person suffering from this kind of assault, then our mission is definitely not in vain.
John T. Krotec is an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, Army veteran, and advocate for Humankind, Education & Commerce.
John is currently involved with several creative businesses and holistic healing pursuits, which include:
Straight Outta Combat Radio Podcast
Task Force Zen
What’s Your Apocalypse
Fractals, a series of poetry books
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