Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Women's Studies. Ann Elizabeth Carson looks to the past from the perspective of a contemporary feminist in her exploration of similarities between the women's coded language and that used by those working on the Underground Railway. The positioning of laundry on a line and particular quilted patterns were used to convey, for instance, whether a man/woman or a travel route was safe. Ann uses her skill as a long-time psychotherapist and writer to elucidate the role of women's hidden language and how we communicate a rich subterranean world of emotion and knowledge. LAUNDRY LINES: A MEMOIR in Stories and Poems is about the imperative to tell our stories for our survival, the complex emotional inheritance and painful undertow in families, the slow reconciliation with the blows and beauties meted out by life that comes with age, and the deep sensual salve offered by surrender to nature.
Writer, sculptor, poet and feminist, Ann Elizabeth Carson is the author of several volumes of poetry and prose, including Shadows Light (2005), My Grandmother's Hair (2006), and The Risks of Remembrance (2010). We All Become Stories, published in 2013, explores experiences of memory and aging; and Inanna Publications has just brought out her memoir, LAUNDRY LINES: A MEMOIR IN STORIES AND POEMS, in 2015. Previously a Toronto psychotherapist in private practice, she worked for many years as a counsellor, as well as a supervisor and instructor at York University. Ann Elizabeth Carson is One of Toronto's Mille Femmes (2008 Luminato Festival) which paid tribute to women who have made a contribution to the arts. She continues to write, sculpt and read from her work in solo and collaborative events in Toronto and on Manitoulin Island, where she is a long-time summer resident, and to lead workshops on how the arts create a new perspective on the ways in which we see ourselves and our world.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN