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On the Mercy Me Planet

ISBN: 9798985435702
Binding: Paperback
Author: Maya Janson
Pages: 68
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Published: 5/1/2022

In these elegant, sparkling poems, Maya Janson writes about life's contradictory, mercurial nature with wit and warmth. Her imagination is expansive, her images surprising and delightful. "Beware the urge to haul everything you own/ to the top of a mountain in order to hurl it," she writes in 'Pushing the Dead Chevy.' The poems in On the Mercy Me Planet, personal and intimate, ponder the duality in daily life, that it is both traumatic and triumphant, that we understand and yet know nothing. "In mythology the pomegranate/is said to signify the underworld. In real life,/ a simple granite headstone will do." Despite death, loss, injury and breakups, diagnoses and climate change, in Janson's poems the sea still laps against the shore, the rower still goes in, out, and back in again. "Find the way then lose the way. Repeat."


Maya Janson's first book, Murmur & Crush, was published by Hedgerow Books. Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies and she has received fellowships from MacDowell and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Western Massachusetts where she has worked as a lecturer in creative writing at Smith College and as a community mental health nurse.