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I’m also very pleased with the cover. I initially had a cover image that I found on Fotolia. The image included some antique dolls in front of a dollhouse, but, while I loved the image, it just wasn’t working out in the cover design. So I went back to Fotolia, uncovered the photographer’s name, and googled him. The Google search led me to Emanuele Mazzoni on Facebook. It turned out that he lives in Italy. So I private messaged him at Facebook and asked if he had any similar images. He had many and was happy to send them to me. I fell in love with the one you see on the cover. The photo was taken at a doll museum in Provence, France.
Poet Nicole Cooley provided the Introduction and it’s wonderful. Dolls have an intriguing history and play a significant role in our lives—and not just the lives of girls. As Nicole writes,
This wonderful anthology of poems Diane Lockward has edited asks us to
rethink dolls. Not just toys, dolls signify much more than childhood. Dolls
shape our thinking about the female body, about race and class. Dolls influence
our understanding of childhood. Symbols of perfection, they both comfort
and terrify. . . .They are replicas, simulacra, souvenirs and secrets. They
are objects we recall with intense nostalgia but also bodies we dismember
At this point I’ve sent out all the contributors’ copies and am planning some events. The official book launch will be on Sunday, July 17, at my local library in New Jersey. The librarian is working on lining up a doll exhibit to accompany the reading. One of the poets has offered her doll collection for loan. Several of the poets, it turned out, are also collectors. Save the date if you’re anywhere near West Caldwell, NJ. Right now it looks like we’ll have 15 poets joining this celebratory reading.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Doll Collection. As many of the contributors have noted, the book also makes a great gift.
Nicole ends her Introduction with this invitation:
The Doll Collection shows us that dolls are windows to other worlds.
Dolls are portals to our pasts and to ourselves.
Dolls open the doors to our imagination.