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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Memoir in Poetry by Prominent Dancer and Author

Title: My Life As a Doll
Author: Elizabeth Kirschner
Genre: Memoir


My Life as a Doll, is a survivor's tale, a memoir in verse about child abuse, madness and recovery. It is one long poem broken into four sections. The first, Cuckoo, focuses on childhood and the severe violence of a mother brought upon a daughter. The next one, An Itty Bitty Ditty, chronicles a disturbing adolescence and the following is about life in a psych ward as an adult mother and wife. The closing sequence, O Healing Go Deep, details bouts of madness and the profound desire to heal.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Kirschner has published three books of poetry, Twenty Colors, Postal Routes and Slow Risen Among the Smoke Trees all by Carnegie-Mellon University Press. In addition, she has a CD released by Albany Records with her own poetry set to Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe. Now titled The Dichterliebe in Four Seasons, it premiered in Vienna in the fall of 2005, followed by an American debut in Boston featuring soprano Jean Danton accompanied by pianist Thomas Stumpf. She collaborates with many composers and has taught at Boston College since 1990. Kirschner also studies ballet with Boston Ballet.

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