Albert Wisner Public Library hosts poetry reading on dolls on March 26


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  • The Albert Wisner Public Library will host a poetry reading which explores the many manifestations of dolls on Sunday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m., in the Community Room.



WARWICK — Children, whether female or male, grow up in a world populated by dolls.

What do they mean to us?

What memories of them do we carry with us into adulthood?

The Albert Wisner Public Library will host a poetry reading which explores the many manifestations of dolls on Sunday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m., in the Community Room.

The Doll Collection (Terrapin Books, 2016, edited by Diane Lockward), the first anthology to focus on this subject, features 89 poems revealing how the many varieties of dolls are created, cherished, lost, broken, repaired and destroyed.

Seven contributors to the anthology, including local poet Mary Makofske, will read poems from the book and briefly discuss the dolls that inspired them.

From Raggedy Ann to GI Joes, Barbies to teddy bears, dolls influence our understanding of childhood. They shape our thinking about the body, about gender, race and class.

Symbols of perfection, dolls can both comfort and terrify.

Join us for a reading that will take you back to your own experiences with dolls. There will be a question and answer session after the reading.

Be sure to stop by the library’s doll display on the ground floor, too.

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