Mary and Martha
Poetry by Deborah Davies
Poet Diane Gilliam Fisher said Mary and Martha "enacts one
of our most basic struggles, that of the need to work, as Zora Neale
Hurston puts it, with the need to love. In this work of reconciliation,
deconstruction mixes with laundry, pet rats are 'unfailingly gentle,'
and mothers are counter-culture. Martha finds the time to dream
and Mary does dishes in this strong, tender collection in which Davies
both laments and celebrates how complex women's lives really are."
The book of poetry traces 20 years of Davies' life trying to
reconcile the tug of war between career and family.
"Deborah Davies' poetry, fine toned and strong in its impact, draws together the private dramas and pleasures of family life, as observed by an intellectually astute wife and mother, and the outside world in all its variations — from the muddy to the luminous. Davies' vision of herself, her family, and friends is candid, humorous, and always redemptive, even in moments of hardship and tragedy. Her melodic use of language and metaphor demonstrate a unique imagination and talent."