Quietly eccentric, Amy is easily recognized around Cook Street Village. Many people are very kind to her, and many more are dismissive of her, simply unaware of the complex layering of history and personality that makes up who she is.
Amy was once a very successful artist in New York. She produced an impressive body of work "“ oil paintings and cast bronze sculptures focusing on the struggle and anguish of oppressed and persecuted people. Her artwork is confrontational and unsettling, yet her expression is embedded in every harsh brushstroke and embodied in every push of her thumb, giving the works an unconventionally, genuine beauty.
She was also once a builder of wooden boats. She would steam and bend strong, solid planks into curves that sliced through the sea like glittering silver fish.
But Amy has suffered some tough times over the years and she can no longer do those things. There are many things she can no longer do physically, but she continues with her creativity. She is a poet, philosopher, community activist, an advocate for prisoners' rights and restorative justice, a grower of bean sprouts, and a concoctor of the most disgusting but regenerative smoothies you can imagine.
We became friends one day last fall when she noticed the bright orange gym shoes I was wearing at a coffee house. Since then, she has introduced me to an indigenous poet laureate, restorative justice at Williamhead Prison, and she has challenged my preconception about people who live on the margins and in the shadows of society. She's pretty amazing. Regardless of the slings and arrows she has suffered, she always has positive, insightful words for the people she meets.
I'm trying to help her out because she is soon to undergo a medical procedure that will require extensive recovery time. She has no proper bed in her apartment and without one, her recovery will be painful, slow and dangerous. I am trying to raise the funds to buy her a hypoallergenic mattress for a homecare bed frame and for a comfortable easy chair. The cost of both will be about $2000. If you can manage to find a few dollars to donate, I'd apprecaite it and I know she would too, although she'd be too proud to accept it herself. Thank you for even considering.
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