Mary Ann Samyn is a devotional poet, one devoted to the mischief and sanctity of a threshold life. Reading, delightedly, through Beauty Breaks In, I sometimes felt that I was bird watching with Paul Celan or going to the movies with Edmond Jabes. Better still, I felt a continuing spiritual economy of pure refreshment. 'A little mayhem goes a long way' as Samyn avows, and I rejoice to believe her. --Donald Revell
Mary Ann Samyn writes poems in which the impossible happens through language, the human experience is turned to sky, fire, fireworks, diamonds. This is a poet who is able to hijack sorrow, or error, or delight, and transform them into deeply imagined, perfectly condensed and terrifyingly expanded glimpses. --Laura Kasischke
About the Author
Mary Ann Samyn is the author of four books of poetry, including PURR (New Issues, 2005). Her work has won the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the James Wright Poetry Award from Mid-American Review, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University.