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Daughter of the only open Communists in Staten Island during the McCarthy era, Erdine, a school teacher and literacy advocate and Zeke, a carpenter, mad scientist and philosopher, Elga Antonsen started out life with the unique perspectives and challenges grown from that time. Originally planning to become a veterinarian or a scientist, Antonsen instead managed to raise three children, while working on her writing. Her published work includes Daring to Dream, New Era Publishers, New York, 1977.
Residing in Kingston, New York, she is co-owner of Brillig's Books, an antiquarian online bookstore with her husband, Bill, and has served in AVP, the Alternatives to Violence program. With several works of fiction on the burner, she and her sister are presently collaborating on a novel about their childhood as the daughters of Communists. She is also working on a novel based on her experience as a mother to abused children and the former wife of their abuser. When she's not writing, Elga spends her time drumming, gardening, and advocating for environmental as well as womens' and childrens' issues. She also helps edit for the huge horde of Cathers-related authors in her family.
on Oct. 16, 2013 :
The poems in this book are better called "stories." From tales of growing up as the child of Communists to the terror of being the mother of a battered woman, the stories here are soulful, evocative and enmeshed with the timeless imagery of Earth and Mountain and the tears of the watershed swamps that encompass the ebb and flow of life, love and sacrifice.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)