The book explores, in small narratives and lyrical poems, the American idea of Manifest Destiny, particularly as it relates to the next frontier—space exploration. We examine the scientific, psychological and spiritual frontiers enmeshed in our very human longing for space, including our dream of a space station on Mars. These poems survey what we gain and what we lose as we progress towards tomorrow, and how we can begin to understand the universal melancholy we seem to cherish for what we leave behind, the lives we have already lived. We unearth our feelings about what it means to move ahead and stake out new territory, and what it means to be home.
What an amazing experience this has been. If you've been following this blog over the last few months, you've been reading about the trials and the amazing learning experience that was putting together a book of poems.
I love so much about how this book turned out: the press logo (thank you Jeff), the artwork (thank you Emi!), the introduction (thank you Howard!).
I'm so appreciative of all the help I received from other poets, artists and the universe itself, which has poked me ever so gently down this path.
Why Photographers Commit Suicide
by Mary McCray (2012)
87 pages/8 illustrations by Emi Villavicencio
9x6/paperback and eBook