Mary Maxwell

Mary Maxwell has published articles, short fiction, opinion pieces, and poems. She has worked as a registered nurse for forty years, has degrees in English, and extensive study in grief counselling. She has one previous poetry book: Arrangements (Hag Papers). Her work has appeared in the anthologies, Eating Apples: Knowing Womens’ Lives, Chicken and Fingers (NeWest Press, 1994), Work and Leisure: Chicken and Fingers (McGraw Hill Ryerson, 1995), Running Barefoot: Women Write the Land, Cut Stalks in Her Arms (Rowan Books, 2001)
Health Issues 8: Chicken and Fingers (McGraw Hill Ryerson, 2002)
Listening with the Ear of the Heart, A Wise Heart (St Peter’s Press, 2003), and in Grain Magazine, NeWest Review, CV2, and Descant.





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ISBN: 978-1-77187-100-6
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Mary Maxwell

These poems in this collection are steeped in loss and lament as they concern the death of the poet’s family members, particularly her father, and the premature death of two brothers two years apart. The collection’s tone is often elegiac, but rarely maudlin, and the clipped narrative is frequently imbued with lyrical strains. The poems are emotional counterpoints to life’s implacable realities and in the resulting response the poet learns that self-recrimination, denial, or anger cannot change the course of events. She teaches us that grief is a singular and deeply emotional experience and the poems convey this intimacy and offer a clear and empathetic path to a very specific emotional wellness.

Excerpt from “House by the Sea”
If the brain is a house by the sea
dementia a storm rising
water rushing in, lifting tables, chairs
family, friends
        float away.
Mute, deaf and blind, the brain
employs the body as translator:
muteness into spoken word
deafness into birdsong
blindness into a vision of heaven.

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