Odes to Lithium (Paperback)

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Erlichman writes of her relationship to the stigmatic mood stabilizer, painting a portrait more intimate than that of lovers or kin. I would call the drug her muse if I believed these words came from a chemical compound. No, they come from her soul, which she bares with bravery, vulnerability, and incredible artistry. I am humbled by her ability to articulate the experience of living with mental illness. Bless.

— Kay


Captivating poems and visual art seek to bring comfort and solidarity to anyone living with Bipolar Disorder.

In this remarkable debut, Shira Erlichman pens a love letter to Lithium, her medication for Bipolar Disorder. With inventiveness, compassion, and humor, she thrusts us into a world of unconventional praise. From an unexpected encounter with her grandmother's ghost, to a bubble bath with Bjӧrk, to her plumber's confession that he, too, has Bipolar, Erlichman buoyantly topples stigma against the mentally ill. These are necessary odes to self-acceptance, resilience, and the jagged path toward healing. With startling language, and accompanied by her bold drawings and collages, she gives us a sparkling, original view into what makes us human.

About the Author

Shira Erlichman is a writer, visual artist, and musician. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed Reader, Nomadic Press, The Rumpus and PBS NewsHour's Poetry Series, among others. She earned her BA at Hampshire College and was awarded a residency by the Millay Colony, the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, and the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe. Her first children's book Be/Hold is forthcoming from Penny Candy Books. She is half of the Odes for You Tour with poet Angel Nafis. As a musician she's performed across the US, sharing stages with TuNe-YaRdS, CocoRosie and Mirah. She's independently released seven albums, including Subtle Creature which premiered in BUST Magazine and was hailed as a "spectacular mystery." Born in Israel, raised in Massachusetts, she now lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at www.officialshira.com.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781948579032
ISBN-10: 1948579030
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication Date: September 17th, 2019
Pages: 100
Language: English