The poems in Alien and Strangers speak of the pitfalls and foibles as well as the joys discovered by individuals as they seek to find "a country of their own." They have a variety of voices and styles--lyrical, metaphorical, imaginative, narrative--expressed primarily in free verse but occasionally in a set form. They address the quandaries and realizations in both the cultural and psychological well as in the search for a relationship with the spiritual.
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About the Author
"I don't know if I'll ever be a writer, but I know I'll always write poetry." That conviction, which came to Mary Ann Goodwin at an early age, has proven true. Although occasional poems were written through the years, a more fulfilling effort is possible following her retirement. After she and her husband migrated to the Houston, Texas area in the early '60's, she accepted an offer of employment at the "Manned" Spacecraft Center, now the Johnson Space Center, in time for John Glenn's orbital success. A significant perk was the opportunity to finish a degree in mathematics. Influenced by Sputnik, she had rejected a professor's suggestion of majoring in literature, never dreaming of the events that would transpire as a results of that decision. Her career, primarily spent designing, developing or managing projects for various aspects of trajectory software, ended forty-five years later. Having an interest in a broad range of subjects, she also completed an MA in psychology as well as an MS in space sciences during those years. Since retirement she has completed a spiritual direction program, continues to study the spiritual impact of dreams and is writing children stories as well as poems. Aliens and Strangers reflect poetry written during this latter period. An earlier chapbook is titled unleavened bread. Additional poems have been published in various places. Mary Ann currently lives in La Marque, Texas, which is just across the causeway from Galveston Island.