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Dear Friends,

Here we are again at the shortest day, longest night; a portal into our next year.  It seemed that a poem celebrating light was in order.  How do we share our own light?  How do celebrate the light of others?

This month’s Winter Solstice issue features a painting by my friend and mentor, Ursule Molinaro; the painting was a gift from Ursule, and still cheers me every time I look at it.  I wanted to share its sparkle and light with you.

NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL will be published in February; your pre-orders are making a tremendous difference towards the success of the book. My deepest thanks to all of you.

For those of you who might still like to reserve a copy, please know your pre-orders are especially important and appreciated now.  The book is still available for pre-sale through December 26;  books ship on February 6.

For my readers of A VISION AND A VERSE, the complete text of  “Advice From The Lion At Noon”,  the book’s closing poem –

May your holidays be filled with light – your own and others!




Winter Solstice -- December 21, 2014



I am
says the Lion at Noon:

take heart from the sunlight streaming through windows of the space
you’re blessed to be in now,

take it to heart,    Read More

 “ADVICE FROM THE LION AT NOON”
From: NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL by Margaret McCarthy
Forthcoming, Finishing Line Press, February, 2015


ABOUT THE BOOK:
NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL by Margaret McCarthy
Poetry Chapbook; 24 pages

A coming of age journey told through poems; our rites of passage, with nature as our greatest school.
A journey through shadow and light, arriving at the ultimate destination: the balance of opposites.

 “…you yearn to follow into the labyrinthine mystic depths of these luxurious poems.”
--Richard Peabody, editor Gargoyle Magazine


“McCarthy’s photographic eye captures the remarkable beauty and resilience that carry us through the sorrows and mysteries of our days.”

 --Michele Wolf, author of Immersion and Conversations During Sleep

“With the eye of a feminist, she asks what if, instead, it had been Icarus's sister? Would she know
how far to go?
In her first collection, NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL, McCarthy shows
us that yes, she knows.”


- Susana H. Case, author of 4 Rms w Vu

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