Quantum Heresies: poems by Mary Peelen 

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The Adroit JournaInterview by Gizem Karaali

Poetry Northwest  Reviewed by Jenna Le

The Adroit Journal  Reviewed by Deborah Bacharach

Quantum Heresies  Reviewed by Brian Clegg

The Journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences  Book Review

The Rupture (previously The Collagist) Reviewed by Anne Graue 

The Literary Review Reviewed by Heather Lang

Angelus Reviewed by Nick Ripatrazone

The Alchemist’s Kitchen  Reviewed by Susan Rich 

RHINO  Reviewed by Donna Vorreyer

Psaltery & Lyre Reviewed by Risa Denenberg 



Poetry of Logical Ideas in The Adroit Journal / Interview by Gizem Karaali

Interview with Mary Peelen & Susan Rich / Tinderbox Poetry Journal 

10 Questions for Mary Peelen The Massachusetts Review

TPQ5: Mary Peelen  / Interview by The Poetry Question


> Quantum Heresies: THE TRAILER (YouTube, 2 mins). A beautiful short film by writer, artist, filmmaker Amanda Davidson. Music by Isaac Schankler.



In these lithe, contemplative poems, Mary Peelen faces the complexities of life—and death—and works to solve them. Peelen’s mind is a wonder to inhabit; she leaps effortlessly between world and interior, calculation and metaphor, so gracefully that each conclusion feels as though it can be the only correct answer, the sole solution. If anyone can manage the math to or from the divine, it’s this poet.  —Leila Chatti, author of Tunsiya/Amrikiya

Mary Peelen’s spare poems pulse with what they contain and describe—in both the imagistic and the mathematical sense of the word—harnessing the power of the sciences to navigate the chthonic worlds of illness, loss, and desire on both personal and planetary scales. Peelen denies the divisions of mind and body, art and science, precision and ardor. Her poems resonate with allusion (Lady Lazarus’s hair as a supernova) and sound (copernicium, ununoctium). Peelen unveils new ways to make sense of our complicated, contradictory world.  —Elizabeth Bradfield, naturalist and author of Toward Antarctica 

Mary Peelen‘s poems use the vocabulary of physics to tell a story. Just as there are patterns in nature, Peelen creates patterns of language through repetition and parallelism. She moves suddenly and seamlessly between the ethereal world of science and the everyday world: “Optimistic as Midwestern girls,” she writes, “we  dreamt of quantum entanglement,/ our cliquish leap into brilliance/ about as probable as photon emission.”
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