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’s big-heartedness is matched only by the capaciousness of her imagination – and surely the two are twinned – her ability to imagine her way into the experiences and perceptions of so many and such different others – a suicide bomber, an enslaved woman, a night guard at a concentration camp among them – as vividly as she renders her own daily and deeply personal experiences. If there are no angels, there are at least poets like Makofske, who bear witness, empathize, illumine, show us how it is to be alive and fully human in times like ours.”

~~Cecilia Woloch, author of Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem and Carpathia

Events and

Reading at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Next Words, the Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561. Open mic to follow.

Slant awards Mary the Hudson-Fowler Prize for a submission of five poems.

Video of reading at Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow NY.

Kenneth Salzmann interviews Mary about “Euthanasia: A Geography” on “How to Grow a Poem.”

Mary reads on Charlie Rossiter’s “Poetry Spoken Here” podcast.