Road Dance: Poems
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Stories of sacrifice and honor, strength and passion, healing and laughter. Collected from journals and memories that began in McCarthy-era NYC, they follow a crazy carnival journey of raising children, the search for love, self-understanding, and the desire to leave a better planet behind. The tales are evocative and sometimes startling, balancing a high wire between fear and redemption. More
The poems in Road Dance weave together stories of sacrifice and honor, strength and passion, healing and laughter. Collected from journals and memories that began in McCarthy-era New York City, they follow a crazy carnival journey of raising children, the search for love, self-understanding, and the desire to leave a better planet behind. The tales are evocative and sometimes startling, balancing a high wire between fear and redemption.
“In these poems, Antonsen locates the heavy-hearted compassion that speeds her quest for beauty and social justice. She wisely leavens her pungent truths with a wry humor that makes you laugh at the same time it is breaking your heart."
--Jay Blotcher, journalist-activist
"Antonsen has found enormous power in simple lines which caress the struggle of life forms in the full dimensional spectrum of their expression--from microbe twitch to human tear--etching more deeply the meaning of life with a scant moment of movement behind the eye which can never be measured by the enigma of time."
--G. Alexander Irving, managing editor New Art International
"Compelling incidents seen through a child’s eye with ever present backdrop of government agents in trench coats, a threat to her family and friends--recreated with an innocence Antonsen brings to her poems. With connection to the natural world of mountains, marshes, creeks, herons, falcons and coyotes, these poems are well grounded and rewarding."
--Roberta Gould, author of nine books of poetry, most recently Louder Than Seeds, FootHills Publishing, 2008.
"Antonsen evokes a time Native American spirit still beat in heartland and newer Americans believed they could triumph over the 'evils' as they perceived them. The poems crackle with energy and insight and have the power to transport you to the time and place of their origin."
--Laura Drew Kelly, editor, Camden Friends Newsletter and contributor to Delmarva Publications
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.
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