Erasing the Doubt by Mary Kendall
Finishing Line Press
Available from the publisher
“Mary Kendall’s Erasing the Doubt is captivating from start to finish. Moments of nostalgia, memory, and wisdom rise and stir the heart with each turn of the page. The reader is summoned not only to know the author but themselves through these thoughtfully honed poems. Each page reveals the poet’s understanding of her world and her reflections on life. Kendall’s work aches with longing, beauty and power. She has cleverly entwined classic literature, the Greeks, and Russian modernists with the enduring beauty of prose and a dash of contemporary style, to give us a unique and personal work well worth reading."
— Kelle Grace Gaddis, MFA, author of Polishing a Gem on the Surface of the Sea and editor, Brightly Press
Erasing the Doubt is Mary Kendall's first chapbook. Often described as a lyrical or meditative poet, Kendall has presented a selection of poems that offer an introspective examination of human interactions in actions and words.
The beautiful cover photograph, "Schwerelos (Weightless)," is by talented Dresden, Germany, photographer Christine Ellger, and used with her very generous permission.
Mary Kendall is a poet and a retired reading teacher who lives with her husband in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Mary has a B.A. degree in English and a M.Ed. degree in Reading and Language. She worked as a reading specialist/teacher for thirty-four years. During her many years of teaching, one of her most favorite activities was writing poetry with children.
Over the years, Mary has sporadically published poems in print and online poetry journals. In 2005, she was the grand prizewinner in a writing competition sponsored by the publication, Carolina Woman. She is also the co-author of A Giving Garden (© 2007), a children’s book based on one of her poems.
Mary formally studied poetry writing in the early 1970s with poet Ruth Whitman in Cambridge, MA, and many years later, in 2004, had the fortune to take a writing workshop with poet Jane Hirshfield at the Aspen Summer Words writing program.