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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Trementina Books (October 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985984503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985984502
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,026,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Why Photographers Commit Suicide is an ingenious vision of a future in which life on Mars resembles life on Earth as we know it, although it is also like living in a test tube. Presented in a voice as natural and relaxed as an afternoon at the country club...McCray not only explores life on Mars, but the life of those left behind on a more familiar planet, our own. This unusual collection heralds the arrival of a poet whose vision is distinctly unique and fascinating."

- Howard Schwartz, author of Tree of Souls and Gathering the Sparks, from the Introduction to Why Photographers Commit Suicide

"What a surprise! Poetry that rightly deserves the praise, by which I mean poetry that makes you forget you're reading poetry. How refreshing. For far too many American poets, their poems are a glitter of self-consciousness--the facile of the MFA crowd. This new collection by Mary McCray should earn her a wide readership with its outer space leaps of invention. Her ribald sense of humor. Grit. Originality. "

--Tom Crawford, Author of The Names of Birds, Wu Wei, and The Temple on Monday

...a book of poetry for our times...it leads us to the existential abyss, prickling our fears and anxieties...Here we have stars and planets personified, acting out the baser human emotions and acts of lust, lost love and betrayals, dealing with their own fears and anxieties about loss and the ultimate end...Her language is rich and daringly playful, and her sense of poetic rhythm is excellent...If a poet can strike upon the heart, the mind, and the ear all at the same time, then the poet is getting the job done."

--Devin McGuire, Assistant Editor of the Aurorean

"Remember when, in Carl Sagan's Contact, the main character said "They should have sent a poet?"  Now we have. In a skeptical age, it is extraordinary that we still have dreamers. Mary McCray is one of the best and brightest.  From the great Tharsis volcano on Mars to Olympus Mons, these poems are a celebration of what is best about humanity's exploration of the planets. We are moving out among the stars, and Mary McCray is leading us there." 

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David H. Levy, astronomer and author of The Quest for Comets and David Levy's Guide to the Night Sky

About the Author

Mary McCray is the author of St. Lou Haiku from Timberline Press and co-creator of the web-zine Ape Culture. She also blogs about pop culture as Cher Scholar. Mary has poems and essays published in journals such as Phoebe (The Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques), The South Carolina Review, Literal Latte, Mudfish, Book/Mark, and Hermenaut (The Journal of Heady Philosophy). She lives in New Mexico with her husband, archaeologist John McCray, and their two fur-kids. To connect with Mary visit her online at www.marymccray.com.

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By P. Larson on January 16, 2013
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This is a great poetry book. I've already read "Monogamous Carbon: a Classified Ad" as a cover piece at a reading. It's got your usual human nature stuff BUT it's wrapped in wonderfully fresh images. It's got a nice surrealism feel to it. Enjoyed so much I read the whole thing in just two sittings.
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By jimmydeanpartee on July 6, 2013
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interesting, original, funny, unusual; with overtones of sadness, loneliness, and excitant fear of a new Frontier.
Love her Blogs!!!!!
Thanks Mary.
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More About the Author

Mary McCray (also known as M.E. Ladd and Mary Elizabeth Ladd) was co-editor of the award winning pop culture zine Ape Culture, named one of the best web sites by Web Guide Magazine and once listed in one of Yahoo! Internet Life's issue of Humor on the Net. Her poems have appeared in Ape Culture, Phoebe--Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques, The South Carolina Review, The Wisconsin Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, Literal Latte, Natural Bridge, Tintern Abbey, Eye Dialect, Mudfish and Hilltop Press in West Yorkshire, England. In 2004, Timberline Press published a book of haiku poems co-written by Mary entitled "St. Lou Haiku." Her essays have been published in Book/Mark, Ape Culture and Hermenaut, The Journal of Heady Philosophy.

Mary and her co-editor at Ape Culture, Julie Wiskirchen, competed for the chance to take home The Edgar Winter Dog and won on the Animal Planet reality show "Who Gets the Dog" (2004). Mary has been a talking head on radio programs, college papers, the Winnipeg Free Press and the Philadelphia Enquirer as Cher Scholar. She is the editor of the spoof fan site CherScholar.com, three Cher fan zines (Superpak Vol. 1, Golden Greats, and This is Cher) and she blogs as Cher Scholar on I Found Some Blog.

Mary also blogs about poetry on the blog Big Bang Poetry, reinventing the life of the poet in the modern world.

Mary was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has lived in St. Louis, Missouri, Stow, Massachusetts, Yonkers, New York, Lititz, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, California, and she now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her archaeologist husband and their two fur-kids.

Home page: http://www.marymccray.com
Big Bang Poetry: http://www.bigbangpoetry.com
Cher Scholar: http://www.cherscholar.com
I Found Some Blog: http://cherscholar.typepad.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Bang-Poetry/412648322111786

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