Magdalene & the Mermaids

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Paper Kite Press, 2009 - American poetry - 56 pages
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Poetry. "At the heart of this comprehensive collection lies the Biblical character of Mary Magdalene whose presence is prominent in many of the poems and who haunts those which are, ostensibly, departures from the subject matter that dominates. However, departure and digression are not the hallmarks of this work and each piece of writing represents a different incursion into the topic from angles and perspectives that are startling, original and engaging. By adopting an overarching motif, the author is able to align more personal topics and themes with the main focus, at times appearing to move into territory not evidently covered by the title but always providing the vital connection somewhere in this sequence of compositions"--Martyn James Colebrook.

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About the author (2009)

Elizabeth Kate Switaj edits Crossing Rivers Into Twilight ( and is assistant editor of Inertia Magazine. Her professional experience includes teaching in cities across the US, Japan, and China as well as writing copy for a kimono import company and analyzing online media. Links to her work can be found at

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