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Today's poem is "When We Were Engaged"
from The Silence in an Empty House

NYQ Books

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is the Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. She has published sixteen books, including What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980 - 2009 (Guernica Editions), The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books) and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica). With her daughter, Jennifer, she is co-editor of four anthologies.

Other poems by Maria Mazziotti Gillan in Verse Daily:
December 18, 2013:   "The Strange House of the Past" "Moving through the strange house..."

Books by Maria Mazziotti Gillan:

Other poems on the web by Maria Mazziotti Gillan:
Three poems
Six poems

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's Blog.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's Website.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan According to Wikipedia.

About The Silence in an Empty House:

"In The Silence in an Empty House, Maria Mazziotti Gillan chronicles a long marriageŚlove triumphing class, geographical moves, fondue parties, orange shag carpets and ultimately wheelchairs, nurse's aides, and cold compresses. This is a book of easy and gentle humor regarding the first sparks of true love and the hard truths about what it is truly like to be a caregiver at the end of a spouse's life, what it is like for a spouse to feel like "a burden," and, finally, what it feels like to be a widow. Maria Mazziotti Gillan's speaker includes not just personal and familial suffering but the suffering of the planet, its people and wildlife. This is a voice that is graceful and purposeful, elegant and humane."
—Denise Duhamel

"These are poems many people will relate to, perhaps, because Maria Gillan is amazingly honest about her reactions to the long trauma of her beloved husband disappearing into Parkinson's disease, perhaps, because this is the sort of anguish many of us in tight partnerships most fear. Gillan takes us on a journey from young love and marriage through the long slow decline of her husband, through his death, and slowly out the other side into survivor's guilt and, finally, the acceptance of her continued life and vitality."
—Marge Piercy



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