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The poet was speaking at a book-signing event for her English-language collection "Child of the Moon". Inspired by her journey to overcome the trauma stemming from a turbulent upbringing during Lebanon's Civil War, "Child of the Moon" explores the stigma attached to mental illness and the complexity of human identity.The first segment, Blood Moon, evokes imagery of the open wound of Semaan's experience.The short, detached stanzas depict Semaan in the early stages of healing.Semaan begins to connect her complex feelings of guilt, shame and isolation in her adult relationships to the emotional shortcomings of her family structure.Semaan is intrigued by the therapeutic use of drugs in dealing with trauma.Semaan's narrator now finds herself able to step outside her turmoil and assess her place in the bigger picture.Now training to become a therapist, Semaan has utilized her pain and transformed it into something positive.
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