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Still the End: Memoir of a Nursing Home Wife -- available from the publisher at Unlimited Publishing -- Here's a brief description of this book:

"From 1993 to 2003 my husband Jeff had a suction tube a few feet from his bed…" So begins this memoir of spousal chronic illness after nursing-home placement, the long-a-waited sequel to Dirty Details (Temple University Press), taking place before nursing-home placement. The illness progresses - feeding-tube, cognitive loss, resulting verbal/financial abuse. Society's attitudes and policies need changing, specifically concerning subtle dementia. Marion navigates other journeys - writing, publishing, new mathprof position, mental illness of one of the children. Marion's personality, interests, achievements, and activism resonate with insistence on being responsible, to not only spouse, but children, friends, students, readers, and self.

TWO NEW POETRY BOOKS OUT THIS PAST SUMMER! (2014)

Lights I Have Loved (Red Dashboard Press, NJ) It's about inner life, my own and that of others. Inner life begins at birth and I hope it doesn't end until death. For me, inner life means non-events, things that "merely" make an impression, sometimes Proustian-style. It's often lights, and darks, and matter. Math has a lot to do with it. I was a mathematician from the start. Math does indeed have to do with the shapes of things, what matter does, what we can see and what we can't see. And as for lights, all lights are "curious" but some are more curious than others. As for love, I love all lights but I love some more than others. And I love, sometimes fear, things that are light-like -- in their flashing, in their salience, their sudden-ness, their persistence, their very existence.

An obvious phrase is "a sense of wonder". Existential joy as well as existential horror. Sometimes both at the same time. I experienced it as a child and I experience it as a 70-year-old. In some ways it's different now but in some ways it's the same. It permeates my math, my teaching, my singing, my piano-playing, my loving of and communication with, sometimes alienation from, other human beings. Through writing I try to minimize the last-mentioned.

Available at Amazon

Posted October 15, 2014

Sizes Only Slightly Distinct (Green Fuse Press, CO) (but available only from me -- If interested, Email me.)

This book is all parables (well, poem-parables), like my other book from Green Fuse Press (Parables for a Rainy Day).

Posted October 15, 2014

I have released a new book entitled Parables for a Rainy Day published by Green Fuse Press, CO. Below is a brief excerpt from the book:

JUDGEMENT DAY

We're not all alone.
There are other planets with reasonably intelligent life.
We communicate, we visit, we intermarry.
Soon we construct one giant planet and live on it together.
And THEN we're all alone.

I have 2 poems in the Bridges 2013 Poetry Anthology. You can purchase the book from Amazon.


Hello! Welcome to my website. Feel welcome, also, to download the entire texts of my various unpublished books posted here. As many of you might know, I have, as of a month or so ago, 21 PUBLISHED books – the latest two of which are announced above. Two others are "Crossing the Equal Sign" (Plain View Press, TX), poetry about the experience of mathematics, and "Chronic Progressive" (same press), the last in my "well spouse poetry trilogy" about my first husband's 26 years with multiple sclerosis, and the effect on the entire family. Some other published books are "Surviving the Alphabet" (Huge Pathetic Force, PA – my first unthemed poetry collection), "Dirty Details: The Days and Nights of a Well Spouse" (Temple University Press, PA), "Epsilon Country" (the second of the well spouse poetry trilogy (The Center for Thanatology Research, NY), and "An Ambitious Sort of Grief (the first in my pregnancy loss trilogy-diary). Amazon and Barnes and Noble has most of them.

By way of further introduction, I am a mathematician as well as a writer, with a math Ph.D. from Connecticut Wesleyan. Currently I teach math part time at Arcadia University in Glenside PA; I'm particularly excited about a course which I developed – Truth and Beauty: Mathematics in Literature. An article about that course appears in the March 2013 issue of The Mathematics Teacher; a short version appears in MAA FOCUS. I also write reviews of math texts and other math books for The American Mathematical Monthly, MAA Online, and The Mathematical Intelligencer. About my "math poetry", in "Crossing" and otherwise: Some of the images in the poems come from math concepts, but readers don't have to understand the math in order to feel whatever the poem makes them feel. In fact, sometimes something is added by the nonunderstanding, or partial understanding. Non-mathematicians can and do experience math in positive and/or meaningful ways, and the poems have appeared in literary as well as math journals. At any rate, the poems are meant to be about passion for math, and for all truth. They were written while I was working on a particularly intriguing math problem, which was in graph theory, though I didn't know that at the time!

My writings about pregnancy loss and about spousal chronic illness/care giving are well known in certain circles. My third baby, a little girl named Kerin, died at the age of two days, just around the same time that Jeff, my first husband, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It seems that whenever anything happens to me, I write five or six books about it. The books have helped me, and I'm told they've helped others in similar situations.

In my non-writing and non-math life I love classical piano, singing (first soprano), Scrabble, thrift-shopping (Look for my posts on thethriftshopper.com.), my four grown living children, three grands, and Jon (second husband).

A little about the history of this site, and what's on it: A few years ago I decided that I didn't want to wait years to place my as-yetunpublished books, but instead to "cyber-self-publish". The books on this site are almost as numerous as my published books (and I enjoy writing "but not quite!): "Oaktag and Eyeballs", Parts I and II, is/are about home-schooling, my own and my family's version of it, namely pretty un-structured. "Not Erma Bombeck" is about being a feminist mother of young children, active in the feminist movement of the 70's, what that felt like. ("Mothers constitute an oppressed class, but that is not a reason for a woman not to choose to become a mother.") "The Woman Mathematician" consists of a few miscellaneous "math poems" not included in "Crossing". "Cruel and Unusual" is a collection of essays about the well spouse experience and what I believe society should do about it; much in this manuscript, but not all, appears in the above-announced memoirs, Dirty Details and Still the End. "The Fuss and the Fury" is what I wrote during the baby- and toddler-hood of my youngest son Devin. ("Babies give me a feeling which I wish would last.") "Closer to Dying: Poems from the 49th Year" is probably self-explanatory. "Permission to Add" is my collection, so far, of math-teaching limericks. (I'm proud that I've recently begun getting "Faculty Development Grants" for writing these limericks.) Speaking of limericks, there's also a post of "Limericks about Women Mathematicians", self-explanatory, originating from my friend and colleague JoAnne Growney's requests for material about women and mathematics, for her blog Intersections: Mathematics with Poetry. Finally, there are four poetry collections (even-changing, but these are the current versions…): "The Loneliness of the Short Distance Runner", "The Three-Pointed Star", "One Things about Angels", and "The Life and Habits of the Child-of-Misfortune", which is about post-traumatic stress syndrome (not depression). I hope you'll check out some or all of these.

Currently I'm working literally hours every day promoting the new memoir Still the End. But I'm also in memoir-WRITING mode! So I'm about to begin a short memoir called "Memoir of a Memoirist " (arising from a memoir workshop which I recently did at a Colorado retirement community), and also I'd like to revise, converting diary into memoir, things I wrote while I was a struggling (mostly with self image) graduate student/PhD candidate. (I got my Ph.D. under interesting circumstances, without an official advisor – I thought of the topic myself, not what we're 's'pozed to do, and found a worldfamous mathematician who approved the dissertation. The writing of the thesis didn't take long, but the struggle took three years.) I might title this memoir "The Graduate Student Blues".

So, once again, welcome to my site and I hope you get something out of it. I'd love to hear from you if you do!