"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."
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
, 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.