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Author: Mary Leader

Mary Leader began writing poems in the midst of a career as a lawyer working for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. For her, law practice did not entail interacting with lawyers, litigants, witnesses, judges, juries, bailiffs and so on. Rather, she gravitated to appellate work. Appeals happen at a far remove in time and space from the drama in the lower court. On appeal, there are almost no performances requiring people to appear. Almost all the actions are performed by words written on a page. Legal documents and trial transcripts were evocative to Leader in a way that meeting the parties to a lawsuit or observing a trial would not be. Those words on a page had impact, as do poems, and eventually led her to a literary career. THE DISTAFF SIDE is her fifth collection of poems.

Beyond the Fire
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Beyond the Fire

Shearsman Books

Poetry. The work in Mary Leader's third collection, BEYOND THE FIRE, does not conform to any one habitation, nor aesthetic persuasion, nor name. On the contrary, just about every poem invents its own territory and its own terms. Some poems are strai...

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The Distaff Side
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The Distaff Side

Shearsman Books

Needlework, as this brilliant book makes plain, has been trivialized and dismissed as mere "women's work." What a joy it is to inhabit this world in which the needle and the pen share the labors of love. “Needlework, as this brilliant book makes pl...

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She Lives There Still
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She Lives There Still

Shearsman Books

Poetry. SHE LIVES THERE STILL is Mary Leader's second collection with Shearsman Books. In some senses, it is an extension of her previous Shearsman volume, BEYOND THE FIRE, in that it reinforces what John Muckle in PN Review described as, "The overa...

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