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Maumee, Maumee

Front cover of poetry chapbook, Maumee, Maumee, by Terry Blackhawk Terry Blackhawk October 2022
36 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1-935770-28-2

With great tenderness, Terry Blackhawk has woven both nature and art into her poems of love and grief. They share crystalline memories that span locations and times with her lost lover: a painting seen, words spoken, words unspoken but heard, and always, the river.

Maumee, Maumee‘s cover is a painting from Neil Frankenhauser’s portfolio and the interior images are details from his works. This is Terry’s first chapbook with the press.

“In her calling out to the Maumee River, Terry Blackhawk reverts to the site of memory where her late-life lover went to paint over and over. In their encounters with art, these poems seem to echo an ancient song, and the river becomes a geography of emotion, mystery, and grief. When the bridge asks, ‘Where do you come from?’ I love this poet’s answer: ‘I won’t know until I cross you,’ she replies.”

— Dunya Mikhail, author of In Her Feminine Sign, winner of the 2022 UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture