Being Icarus

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Chipmunkapublishing ltd, Jun 1, 2011 - 50 pages
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DescriptionProlific artist and author Maureen Oliver brings us her autobiography. This is the story of Maureen's activism, her fight against mental illness, the travels, the traumas and the ups and downs of this extraordinary life. Maureen writes with honesty and imagination and in a manner that is refreshingly matter of fact. Here is a brave and fascinating woman writing about her brave and fascinating life and for that reason alone this book is worth a read. About the AuthorMaureen Oliver is a lesbian artist and poet, a mother and grandmother, and a psychiatric survivor with a current diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder

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From her metaphorical flights as Icarus to her plunge into darkest depths, Maureen's story is one that Icould not leave until I finished reading in the early hours; this is certainly an unmissable rollercoaster ride with a remarkable woman.

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Page 2 - In Brueghel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure...
Page 2 - Icarus disobeyed his father's instructions and began soaring towards the sun, rejoiced by the lift of his great sweeping wings. Presently, when Daedalus looked over his shoulder, he could no longer see Icarus; but scattered feathers floated on the waves below. The heat of the sun had melted the wax, and Icarus had fallen into the sea and drowned. Daedalus circled around, until the corpse rose to the surface, and then carried it to the near-by island now called Icaria, where he buried it.
Page 2 - ... quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone as it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

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