The out-shining, out-reaching sea- Strange mystery of life at last Bursting forth in us.
Excerpt from “March 1981”
Ann Manganaro SL wrote, “I sing of the light behind the sky” (1/1/1981). In her poetry, she sings, laments, shares life’s beauty and struggles. Her bold imagination and keen sense of rhythm and sound captivate the reader (“The foam raced over the shore to slide away / Leaving the sand a slick slatemirror”). Though light is a recurring motif, Ann never fears to reach into the dark corners of the human condition, especially in the later poems written in war-torn El Salvador where she arrived in 1988 to live and work. Her reference in an early poem to “my own determined tenderness” is a thread that runs through her life and poetry. Readers will appreciate Ann’s intelligence, passion and clear sightedness. Her spirituality is deeply lived. In September 1992 she wrote in her journal, “… the writing for me is like a prayer.” In her poetry God is often encountered, addressed or questioned (“I came here gasping for God as if for air. / And came to the right place it seems, for God / Hangs in the very air like incense here”). Reading these poems, you will likely find yourself smiling, weeping, whispering amen. They are as alive now as when they were written.
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Editor of Loretto Magazine, Christina’s nonfiction and poetry has appeared in numerous publications. For many years she served as Director of Communications for a Colorado-based peace and justice organization. Her background also includes English and writing instruction at a local community college, digital and print design work, and photography. One of her joys is visiting the Loretto Motherhouse once or twice a year.