Simultaneous Windows is a metaphoric and narrative journey, both personal and political, in which rebellion, love and loss open windows to change. Each window is a frame through which we see the limits and possibilities of one small life. The voice is strong and the journey vivid. Poems are located in Toronto, Borneo, the Middle East, Rwanda and elsewhere.
“In Simultaneous Windows, Mary Corkery explores both the landscapes of travel and those of the human heart. A beautiful and accomplished poetic debut.”
“What impresses me most about these poems is their obvious tender regard for human life, for the complex simplicity (the simultaneous windows) of the journey we’re all on together. Warm, worldly, and vivid, this collection provides a welcome antidote to the easy cynicism of our apocalyptic times.”
“With passion and intelligence, Mary Corkery opens Simultaneous Windows onto times and terrain both local and global, strange and familiar. She crafts empathy and a keen eye for detail into poems that are fresh, relevant.”
“Mary Corkery’s poetry startles the heart and enlightens the mind. In Simultaneous Windows, she brings her clear-eyed gaze and poetic reach to memories of the repression and tenderness of childhood. Tender also her elegies. Her poems are witness, not just to disasters but to resistance and survival in places like Nepal, Aleppo and Rwanda.”
“Ranging from dark and raw to deep and caring, Simultaneous Windows is poetry that makes your skin tingle. Mary Corkery’s is a graceful, bold new voice among poets.”