Mary Mackey, Author Website
Coming in April: Mary Mackey’s Travelers With No Ticket Home
In April 2014, Marsh Hawk Press will release Mary Mackey’s stunning new collection of poetry Travelers With No Ticket Home. Mackey’s previous collection, Sugar Zone, won the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. In Travelers With No Ticket Home, Mackey again offers us intensely lyrical poems written with skill and passion; poems that take us from the United States to the jungles of Brazil, from grief to joy, from love to love’s endless complications. Mackey is a master of her craft whose skills only keep increasing. The poems in this remarkable new collection are not only impressive at every level; they are a delight to read.
It is difficult to resist the temptation to compare Mary Mackey to Elizabeth Bishop. In both we experience the elusive spirit of life south of the Equator; both poets are stunningly imagistic and musical and awake to topography, sociology, and the world beyond.
–Joan Gelfand, The Huffington Post
“Mary Mackey joins other visionary poets of dépaysement—Henri Michaux in Asia, John Ash in Anatolia, Sharon Doubiago in Peru, Lorca in Manhattan . . . recovering a lost part of herself in the edgy lyricism of the tropics, haunted by fado, forró, and death. The lines are tense with the vulnerability of lovers, strangers, and travelers with no ticket home.”
“Mackey’s crisp-edged perceptions are set down with a sensuous, compassionate, and utterly unflinching eye.”
An absolutely beautiful work, vivid and complex. –Synchronized Chaos Magazine
Mary Mackey’s poetry intertwines English and Portuguese in a brilliant, lyrical, visionary meditation on nature, childhood, the destruction of the rainforests of the Amazon, and the real and psychological landscapes of travel. Mackey also touches on the broader human feelings of wonder, displacement, and confusion in these powerfully haunted poems full of the vitality and reality of the jungle.
–B.L. Kennedy, The Gipsy Art Show
Mackey’s poems are earthy and lyrical as they journey into the human heart.
–The Oakland Tribune