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Mary Shay McGuire was introduced to poetry in grammar school when she was given a book of poetry by famous poets. Poetry has been with her since then and the gift was the impetus for her beginning to write poetry. She graduated from Newton College of the Sacred Heart – now part of Boston College – and then studied in Paris. Later she graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with an MFA in Writing Poetry. Poetry, she says, is our saving grace.

 

silent dusk and now
the crows one by one
gliding to the trees
until the they bloomed
bouquets of black

the sky, the trees were
what I dreamed-
the etchings
of Renaissance German woods
the Dutch winter of Brueghel
that near pain of innocence,
birds, trees, sky, earth

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