Up the Down Staircase

Up the Down Staircase : Tears of a Girl from Duck Creek

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In this poignant set of 53 poems, the author tells the story of abuse suffered by his mother as he was able to piece the story together from her confessions and from family gossip. There are no records to affirm these stories, and no eyewitnesses to interview at this point; the stories have been imprinted in the author's mind and that will have to suffice as he travels with these poems from her childhood, through her adolescence, to her marriage, deterioration and death. The stories could as well be told about tens of millions of children and as many families; abuse is, after all, a family affair and worldwide epidemic. There is nothing so sad as watching that bright light behind the eyes of an abused child dim and burn out.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 3.81mm | 149.68g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508682526
  • 9781508682523

About Dr Charles a Stone

Dr. Charles A. Stone was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He attended Dominican College, and earned doctoral degrees from Marquette University and The Johns Hopkins University under his given name. He served on the faculties of Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. During his academic career, he published several dozen articles in the medical literature, contributed to or edited medical textbooks, and served on the Boards of various medical foundations. While residing in Charleston, SC, he introduced Dr. Charles A. Stone as the author of a restaurant review column. In Dr. Stone's name he has been published in poetry journals and anthologies. He has edited an anthology of poetry (Preoccupied with Austin), and authored four nonfiction works. He has won prizes for poetry, and has earned three poet laureate titles and one Pushcart nomination. He serves on the Board of Austin Poets International (the parent of the Austin International Poetry Festival) and as the editor for the Newsletter of the Texas Archeological Society. He is the father of two and grandfather of seven, residing with his alter-ego and wife in San Antonio, Texas and Williams Bay, Wisconsin. www.writingsbystone@wordpress.comshow more