Poetry. Elizabeth Soto's is a beautiful elegy to an artist who suffered schizophrenia, as well as an examination of mental illness and suicide. It is also a love poem. "What do I remember?" she asks; what she finds are pieces puzzled together in collage form to make, if not a whole, then an evocation of events and emotions associated with schizophrenia. "I remember he was terrified of everything," she answers. Once a student of archeology, Soto is able to peel back layers of feeling without flinching, offering the reader a poem that works both on the page and in performance.
Elizabeth Soto is the Executive Director of Youth Speaks Hawai`i. She has worked in archaeology, construction, and poetry. She is currently tossing her time between her work in construction, the youth poetry movement, her own performance poetry, and taking classes at the University of Hawai`i. She lives with her son, two dogs, and a cat in Kailua, Hawai`i. You can catch up with her at lyzsoto.blogspot.com. Author City: KAILUA, HI USA