Poetry. "'An artist worthy of her art would find a way / to capture this absence.' Thus, Marjorie Stelmach chides herself for failing to quite discover a language equal to the deepest mysteries, death and loss. This piercing collection of poems, this anatomy of grief, plays out on the desolate shores of Ireland, a care center for the elderly, and in the poet's memory and imagination. It is the simplest and oldest of stories: a daughter mourns her mother's death. But in facing her anguish so directly, in struggling so courageously to give words and meaning to the unknowable, Stelmach has forged a terrible beauty. I can hardly imagine an artist worthier of her art."—George Bilgere
Marjorie Stelmach is the author of five previous collections of poems, most recently WALKING THE MIST (Ashland Poetry Press, 2021) and Falter (Cascade Books). Earlier volumes include, WITHOUT ANGELS (Mayapple Press, 2014), Bent upon Light and A History of Disappearance (both from University of Tampa Press). Her first book, Night Drawings, received the Marianne Moore Prize from Helicon Nine Editions. She was awarded the 2016 Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from The Beloit Poetry Journal. Her work has appeared in Arts & Letters, Boulevard, Cave Wall, Florida Review, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Image, The Iowa Review, Miramar, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Prairie Schooner and The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, among others.
Author City: MANCHESTER, MO USA