About the book
A middle-aged woman and gynecologist-obstetrician, Dr. Nicholson writes
of the experiences common to women. Deeply influenced by Rilke and
other mystical poets, this first book has poems taken from fairytale subjects,
Biblical subjects, motherhood, marriage, being a Peace Corps volunteer,
being a doctor, growing up, suffering, and prayers of praise. Although
this is a first book, Dr. N. has been writing poems all her life.
She also plays the guitar and writes songs. She speaks Spanish, and
is rusty in German and French.
Sample of Work:
I Could Have Been a Lady
I move so quickly and cautiously now,
I put my armor on.
I had to leave the room of butterflies,
The indolent ladies in pastels;
Leaning over the tea cups and silver plate,
I was called away by an urgent voice in the hall
“There is so much blood—come now!”
I could have been a lady,
Wearing the lemon chiffon dress,
Drinking tea from china cups.
I made bandages of all the petticoats,
I made myself into an army;
All my arms and legs are paramedics.
Still, I gaze out the window
Over the heads of the wounded,
And remember the birdsong and lilacs,
I remember twirling like a girl
In the lemon chiffon dress.
One of the best things about being over 50 is that there are many parts
of life to draw from. I am lucky to have travelled a lot, and to
have studied philosophy and languages when I was young. I was in
the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 72-74. I studied medicine in Guadalajara
Mexico from 78-82. I lived for 5 years in Brooklyn in Ob-Gyn residency.
Raised a Catholic, the time in a Jewish hospital in New York taught me
a lot about the Jewish faith. I played the violin as a girl, and later
the guitar. I have written many songs. Music has always been
important in my life. My favorite opera is Der Rosenkavalier.
I am married and have two sons. I am blessed to live in one of the
most beautiful places on earth. I have many dear women friends, who
have been a treasure in my life.
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