I am deeply honored to have my first bilingual poetry collection “Sweeping Fossils / Barriendo Fossiles” published by Glass Lyre Press (August 2016).
Mostly, I am deeply thankful to all my many masters and teachers of lifetimes that have supported me with their guidance and insights. Sweeping Fossils is the birth of life from the arid soil of the desert.
Those interested in the language of strange birds on Jacaranda trees speaking in forgotten tongues, you will appreciate this reading!
Praise for Sweeping Fossils:
“In the exceptional geography of Sweeping Fossils, both broom and desert embody a multitude of metaphors. Its desiccated landscape invites what survives to be discerned. What thrives is the keen perception of the poet and the duality of nature and felt experience. The desert eye sees everything – the men waiting for work on the unforgiving benches, the poet in the secret labyrinth of wax. What falls is swept up. And if the poem is the broom and if the bristles are the fine filter through which we observe this terrain, then we are left not only with a sharper vision of humanity but an invitation to the terra incognita of her non-physical world. There is a sensual air too, the night howls of flamenco, white linen and jasmine, a “rogue wind” that moves through the reader asking us to witness life – to look with tenderness and not turn away when the sun strips the world bare and there are no shadows in which to hide.”
~ Lois P. Jones, host of Poet’s Cafe, LA
“In Maria Elena B. Mahler’s poems, there is always a hungry creature under transparent leaves. She talks of 3 a.m. in a surreal language, almost a code for insomniacs who stay up waiting for her next poem. I am reminded of André Breton when she writes of a scorpion who “retreats through the pores of stars.” Her words fall from your anxious face when you stare up at a desert sky, wanting all those silences to tell you everything. Her bilingual collection, Sweeping Fossils, is a must for those dedicated to late nights and “painted fog.” Personally, I want to cross that dry river in her short poem (all her poems are short breaths of beauty) “where snakes rest and laugh at my foolishness.”
~ Russell Thorburn, author of Salt and Blood
“In Sweeping Fossils nature surprises us with startling messages that are at the same time hidden and inescapable. Maria Elena B. Mahler has the rare ability to perceive these messages and to transcribe them for us in her dreamlike poetic voice. She can “write nature.” Deserts and reeds, rivers and ants talk to us in these pages; they take us to the essence of who we are.
~ Mariano Zaro, author The House of Mae Rim
THANK YOU! OBRIGADA! GRACIAS!