Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Elizabeth Merry… a poetry collection Minus One: With Haikus and Other Poems: The Story of a Life
About the collection
This collection sums up the life of the poet. It begins with memories of her parents, in The Red Petticoat: “The lighthouse sweep and beam/Of her glad eyes/Lit us all, haloed the room/Where we stood in a row/To admire.” And in Minus One: “Your absence grips my throat/Chokes my breath . . . How much of you is me/Stretching to close the circle?” Other poems cover growing up and speak of friends and lovers, moving forward to parenthood and beyond, to old age in Bones: “Don’t look too close/Disintegration has begun/And death will lend it speed/Until my bones are bare and/Waiting for the second coming . . . ” And to death in Mortality: “Tombstones/Pale and cold/Line up, waiting/For my name . . . ”
Throughout the collection there are sections of Haikus, many with accompanying photographs: “Child of my child, I/scoop you up and hug you, breathe/you in and keep you.” References to the sea and the harbour move through this collection, lending a special atmosphere. These poems are filled with the many emotions of our lives and will appeal to all of us.
My review for the collection February 11th 2021
This is a lovely reflection on the poet’s life, including the loss of a parent, children leaving home, love, relationships and the joys of nature.
Elizabeth Merry has a wonderful flow to her words and even the shorter formats such as the haiku tell a story and draw you in. One feels the emotions released by the words and invite you to keep reading to enjoy more.
Events throughout the year are celebrated such as Halloween, Samhain, the seasons and also the people in the author’s life who have left their mark on her heart.
If I was to highlight some favourites it would be Seascapes that brought back memories of a childhood by the sea and Time Out with a visit to the rural home of grandparents.
A lovely short interlude that you will enjoy dipping into time after time.
Also by Elizabeth Merry
An extract for one of the recent reviews for We All Die in the End
Without a doubt, this collection of short stories was the most well-curated of any I’ve seen. Not only did the stories fit together well thematically, and not only did they have the same general setting, but they wove into each other by mentioning various characters that showed up later. For instance, the first story is about Arthur, but he talks about Jennifer and her dogs. Jennifer shows up in the next story, and they introduce other characters. Carmel works at the grocer’s, and Julia and Sadie down at the pub are mentioned repeatedly.
It. Just. Works.
Most of the stories make you think, and many contain complex social relationships that only reveal themselves in their fullness at the end. That being said, I sure wouldn’t want to live in this town – too many bad guys and terrible people! There weren’t many characters I could really get behind and root for, as many of them were morally gray or completely decrepit. Even so, they were all interesting, and Merry writes very well.
About Elizabeth Merry
Elizabeth Merry was born in Bangor, Co Down in the province of Ulster but has spent most of her life in Co Dublin. She has been writing for many years and has previously published a novel for children and many short stories. The present book “We All Die in the End” is a series of interlinked “scenes” set in a seaside town on the Ulster coast where most people know each other. It is a book filled with miserable couples, meddling siblings, or individuals struggling to survive. Some of the “scenes” are twisted, some are macabre, and more than a few deal with abusive relationships. But there is joy here too, and a lot of dark humour.
Elizabeth is, at present, working on a collection of poetry, much of which has been published over the years in literary magazines.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to check Elizabeth’s books out in more detail..thanks Sally.