Kismet is a volume of poetry about the urgency of encounter, mystery and destiny in human relationships. Using diverse poetic forms, divergent points of view and a unique perspective, this is bold and beautiful writing.
Getting Off the X- means getting out of the line of fire, moving off the target area; be it physical, emotional or even spiritual danger. How these people Jo writes about from all over the globe manage to 'get off the X' in their particular circumstances, is the common theme and thread of all the chapters in this intriguing book.
"A compelling work of memory and non-fiction adventure!" "This book reminds us of the human rights violations that take place, but there are still moments of joy to be found. A war zone occupies a land that is still beautiful, and people under oppression are still people, and people need to laugh." www.nzbooklovers.co.nz/post/getting-off-the-x-by-jo-patti
About Jo Patti "Jo is a unique, talented and insightful writer as she is a dedicated researcher and great listener. I invited Jo to be part of the Indigenous studies and Human Rights department after getting to know her work with the Gumbaynggir community and her writing through WOW (Women Owning Words, NSW). " Beatrice Maud Ballangarry, Founder of Women Owning Words (WOW) and Aboriginal Elder of the Gumbaynggir people, Indigenous Studies and Human Rights Department Coordinator, TAFE New South Wales, Australia
"I have not had the privilege of meeting many people of Joanne's caliber. She is a dedicated, intelligent, engaging, kind and compassionate woman with a zest for life and a drive to improve the world around her. She is an excellent teacher, and she learns as easily as she teaches. She took a great deal of interest in the work I did when we treated patients together, (on the NATO base in Afghanistan) and she asked as many questions as she answered while she was teaching me. I find her zest for learning to be a refreshing change from most of academia and the health care community."
Dr. Robert W. Calhoun, MD USAF -deployed to Afghanistan 2016
"Joanne is dedicated to effective performance and high quality work. Her goal is not to waste resources but to reach maximum results with the limited resources available. Joanne is not the type to need hand-holding, on the contrary she has volunteered her own time to help others."
Ms. Hasmik Mikayelyan, Cultural and Education Affairs Specialist, Public Affairs Office, US Embassy in Armenia 2008-2010
"Jo is someone you never forget. We were in training and then worked together for over seven years. She is intensely focused on whatever she chooses to do and unlike most, her motivation seems to come from inside her no matter how challenging the environment. Jo has a dry sense of humor though she does not suffer fools gladly, however; Jo's deeply compassionate nature is one of her outstanding qualities. I highly recommend her ."
Mr. Stephen McLeod, Educator, Class Teacher for Christchurch Steiner School, South Island, New Zealand