Epiphanies of everyday life, the second collection of poems by Mary Lee of Galway, explores the myriad of experiences and revealing moments in everyday life.
In her work, she explores the aforementioned epiphanies that she finds in nature, social life, church, and community circles.
Aidan Mathews, award-winning poet, novelist and radio producer at RTÉ praised Lee for how his work takes a life of ‘scars and starlight’ to highlight the connection between ‘sensual creation’ and ‘the human spirit embodied ”in different aspects of life.
“Loss and discovery, the animate and the mortal, the shadow and the solar trap, are always intertwined in these verses. Infiltration is everything.
“Our first spring is always the English winter, and autumn is always a harvest festival. So here are hymns to a hyphenated world, as in Lee’s charming Nativity poem, “Mary”.
Hailing from a farm on the shores of Lough Corrib, Mary later moved from Galway, teaching in Roscommon and working in community development in Athlone.
The difficulties of those she encountered in her work situations led her to train as a psychotherapist and found the Vita House Family Center in Roscommon, where she was director of services for twenty years.
She always had an interest in poetry, which led her to join Kevin Higgins’ poetry workshops when she returned to Galway, a habit she has maintained over the years.
His work has been published widely nationally and internationally in numerous journals and anthologies, such as Skylight 47, The Poet’s Quest for God (Anthology, Eyewear Publishing, UK), The Galway Review 4, Crannóg, and much more.
Mary Lee has also seen her work on RTE Radio 1, A Living Word, and his poems have been quoted in liturgies and retreats.
His first collection, flowering, was published in November 2016, and is now followed by Epiphanies of everyday life, published by Kelsay Books.
Kevin Higgins is hosting a digital launch of the collection for poetry lovers in Galway, which will take place via Zoom on July 23 at 7pm.
To participate in the launch event that day, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7389013549, Meeting number: 738 901 3549.