"Art is not documentary. It may accidentally serve that function in its own way, but its true effort is to open us to dimensions of the spirit and the self that normally lie smothered under the weight of living. "
-- Jeannette Winterson
As a poet, editor and educator, Maureen believes that good art is like a flamenco dance -- urgent, passionate, brilliant! It wakes us up, opens us up and makes us more aware.
A primary principle for her own work is for it to be holistic – that it intensely engage cognition, our senses and our emotions, which are such mysterious masters and servants in our lives, but which also form the constellation that makes us human.
"My poetry," says Maureen, "is always an attempt to go deeper, mostly into a lot of commonplace experiences, situations or vistas to find the still moment where a small connection or realization can be made, hopefully with poetic grace. Sort of like following a thread into the underworld, and not always possible until well after the experience.”
Maureen's newest book of poetry, The Poison Colour, released in September, 2015, from Pedlar Press, was nominated for TWO League of Canadian Poets' awards, the Pat Lowther Award and the Raymond Souster Award.
At Toronto's IFOA Poetry NOW "Battle of the Bards" featuring 20 poets, Maureen won a reading spot at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors in October 2016.
To read or hear some of her newer poems, go to Poems and Other Writings
And check the News and Events page for what she's currently up to.
And if you are interested in the workshops and courses she offers or her editing services, see Teaching & Editing.