Mary Makofske

 “…the edge of the sea,
where the sun melts us down
again into bodies only,
our ears whorled shells
confusing the sound of waves
with the surge of blood.”

“Mary Makofske pays keen attention to the arresting details of the physical world and reflects on life—both personal and public— in mature, finely-crafted, intelligent poems that range from charming to poignant, witty to fierce, intimate to philosophical. World Enough, and Time is rich with ‘birth songs and keening, / the music that plays while the god/ is torn and eaten, / the forces that hold the world / together and blow it apart.’”

Ellen Bass, author of Like a Beggar and The Human Line

Events and
Announcements

  • Reading Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Florida Poetry Cafe, Florida Public Library, 4 Cohen Circle, Florida, NY
  • Mary’s poem “Nasreen’s Story” won Atlanta Review‘s International Poetry Prize.
  • Her poem “Doldrums Near the End of Empire” won the New Millennium Poetry Prize and appears here.