Poetry. THE VISIT is not only a major artistic achievement, but an important story / history about injustice, the corruption and abuse of power, and the devastation it wreaks on individuals, cultures and classes, and the corrosive influences it has not only on the victims—the minorities and the helpless—but upon those who wield power and dominate and define the ruling culture. And, as always, it is the children who suffer the most. It is a careful, complex and brilliant examination / cross-examination of one man's horrific journey from abused child to incarcerated prisoner of the very system that abused him and later convicted him of a crime he claims he did not commit. Guilty or innocent is not the issue here so much as the perversion of power and systemic abuse of those who are helpless against the dominant Church and State.
In order to be a poet, Sharon Doubiago's main home for many years has been her vehicles—an Ambassador station wagon named Roses, a Dodge van named Psyche, and a Ford conversion van named Valentine. A vagabond poet in the ancient tradition, she has lived, written taught and performed mainly on the West Coast, from Baja to British Columbia—most significantly the artist/poet towns of Mendocino, Ashland, Newport, Portland, and Port Townsend. Freed from the onerous burden of rent and permanency, living on the road enabled her to experience a broad spectrum of American life and culture and write full time, all of which is reflected in her many books.
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA