What Blooms in Winter

by Maria Mazziotti Gillan

120 Pages, 6 x 9

Library of Congress Control Number:  2016933809

ISBN:  978-1-63045-011-3

Publication Date:  10/15/2016

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by Maria Mazziotti Gillan


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In What Blooms In Winter, Maria Mazziotti Gillan finds cause to celebrate the clarity and comfort of people and times past. This book is a praise song for all that is human and that survives despite grief and loss. It is one woman's story of an immigrant girl growing up in the 1950s in Paterson, NJ, and seeing over a distance of so many years all that she was given to carry into her life as a woman—wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, widow, and arts and eco-activist. All these experiences and people have formed her into the indomitable woman she is. Laced with humor and optimism, this book leads us to believe that flowers that bloom in winter out of hard ground have their own audacious beauty.


Previous praise for Maria Mazziotti Gillan and her poetry:

“The power of these poems comes also from the truth in them that is moving and rare.”

—Marge Piercy

“These poems...powerful in their honesty, their passion and their grief. They take us deep into the labyrinth of our humanity and—in the face of loss and death—show us the paradox of love in the center of our being.”

—Diane di Prima

"This is a voice that is graceful and purposeful, elegant and humane."

—Denise Duhamel

"Maria Mazziotti Gillan is one of the great poets and one of the great humans of all time. Anyone who has met her has come away changed by her fire, her electricity, her boundless courage and laughter.... We see the great compassionate heart of this writer and the embrace of the difficult through precise, surprising detail."

—Jan Beatty