Poetry. Moving from illness, back into memory, and again into an ever-present present, the poems in HOW SMALL THE SKY REALLY DREAMS find new spaces to inhabit within the undulating, rhythmic, teeming natural world, a world of bodies, movement, and deep interconnections, a world where upheaval and terror are not separate, extraordinary experiences but deeply part of the warp and weft of existence. In short, this is a book that pushes limits of the human need to settle into received narratives and instead finds peace through the ongoing change and chaos of an endlessly shifting world. HOW SMALL THE SKY REALLY DREAMS is very much a book of this current moment of uncertainty and change, while at the same time part of an ongoing, eternal spiritual exploration into the nature of being and becoming.
Mary Ann Cain's fiction, nonfiction essays, and poems have appeared in literary journals ranging from venerable standards such as The Denver Quarterly, The Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, The Bitter Oleander and The North American Review to experimental venues such as First Intensity and LIT. Her books include a biography of Chicago artist-teacher-activist Dr. Margaret Burroughs, South Side Venus: The Legacy of Margaret Burroughs (Northwestern University Press, 2018), a novel, Down from Moonshine (Thirteenth Moon Press, 2009), and two scholarly books, Composing Public Space: Teaching Writing in the Face of Private Interests (Heinemann, 2010) and Revisioning Writers' Talk: Gender and Culture in Acts of Composing (SUNY Press, 1995). HOW SMALL THE SKY REALLY DREAMS (Dos Madres Press, 2021) is her first collection of poetry. She is Professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Author City: FORT WAYNE, IN USA