Oct 17, 2013

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's The Silence in an Empty House

Our beloved faculty leader Maria Mazziotti Gillan has released a new book of poetry! We are so thankful for her guidance.

NYQ Books has released The Silence in an Empty House, the most recent book of poetry by Maria Mazziotti Gillan.

“In The Silence in an Empty House, Maria Mazziotti Gillan chronicles a long marriage—love triumphing class, geographical moves, fondue parties, orange shag carpets and ultimately wheelchairs, nurse’s aides, and cold compresses. This is a book of easy and gentle humor regarding the first sparks of true love and the hard truths about what it is truly like to be a caregiver at the end of a spouse’s life, what it is like for a spouse to feel like “a burden,” and, finally, what it feels like to be a widow. Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s speaker includes not just personal and familial suffering but the suffering of the planet, its people and wildlife. This is a voice that is graceful and purposeful, elegant and humane.” —Denise Duhamel

“These are poems many people will relate to, perhaps, because Maria Gillan is amazingly honest about her reactions to the long trauma of her beloved husband disappearing into Parkinson’s disease, perhaps, because this is the sort of anguish many of us in tight partnerships most fear. Gillan takes us on a journey from young love and marriage through the long slow decline of her husband, through his death, and slowly out the other side into survivor’s guilt and, finally, the acceptance of her continued life and vitality.” —Marge Piercy

For more information, please visit the publisher’s website at: http://www.nyqbooks.org/title/thesilenceinanemptyhouse

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s and Small Press Distribution.