Piano in the Corner of My Room
Dr. Michaeleen Kelly is a professor of Philosophy with areas of specialization in Feminist Theory, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law. She was the director of the Women's Studies Center at Aquinas College from 1994-95 and from 1998-99. She has also been an active member of the Women's Studies Advisory Board. Her article, 'Rights and Power: A Feminist Re-Thinking of Liberal Rights,' has been published in the Journal of Social Philosophy and her paper, 'The Michigan Militia and the Emersonian Ideal of Self-Reliance,' was presented in March 1999 at the National Conference for Criminal Justice. Her current research project centers on the question of the impact of computerization in academia on accountablility, relationships of power within academic institutions and on professional development. Most recently Professor Kelly spent several weeks in Ghana as part of a Fullbright study with Glenn Barkan, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Kurt Kaiser of the Art Department. CD Poetry description The poetry on the CD was written as a response to my desire to see what poetry had to offer me in dealing with my fate - not ever getting to the finish line with so many of my projects and relationships. I wanted to explore the exceptional resources in our culture, our language, it's slang, metaphors, Biblical passages. I have lost my son to cancer, but in my poetry I'm inviting him into my dream life with explicit instructions on what I want him to do and how to get inside my unconscious. I want to reconstruct my dreams, like one I had about my father, a Chicago policeman, in order to understand what it meant to me to be the daughter of a Chicago cop. I have gone through two divorces, but in my poetry I can escape into a dream world of men and animals with powers to enable me to transcend my losses. The music that accompanies the poetry was composed or looped by my son Caleb and because he knows me so well he can provide the emotion and drama that enables the poetry to operate on other levels: pop music, classical motifs, African percussion.