PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Mary Marie Dixon, a visual artist and poet, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with an MA in theology and an MFA in English creative writing.  She has published creative works in periodicals and a collection of poetry, Eucharist, Enter the Sacred Way, Franciscan University Press, 2008. Her focus on women’s spirituality and the mystics combined with the Great Plains and the spiritual power of nature makes for an eclectic mix. She has exhibited her visual work and accompanying poetry in galleries and explores the visual and poetic intersection in her creative life.



I troll the gray sea where
Gulls fall upon the grubs.

The tree that moors my craft
Branches talons of a twisted eagle
Snatching quarry from the sky.

I scrape the swell on rising
And score the clotted ground.

Black folds writhe
Beneath the plow
And reek of withered stalks.

I scan horizon’s contours,
And scale the crusted earth.

Corded roots tangle the harrow
Like strong-armed squid
Churning in ink.

I salt the earth with seed
And order the arduous tide.

My home is failing twilight.
My course is thwarted aground.

Crouching Angel by Mary Marie Dixon (Paper Mosaic)