The Red Dress

The Red Dress

by Mary Ann Mulhern

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Overview

Mary Ann Mulhern spent eight years in a convent. She entered a few years after teachers' college. As a young teacher, she enjoyed wearing rich colours, especially red. When she returned to teaching in Windsor, Ontario, wearing a religious habit, children often asked if she could wear colour, "just for one day?" This became the basis for this all-revealing book about the life of a single woman who enters the convent and watches her life become transformed by the strict rules of the church and her religious order. In these revealing poems, Mulhern tackles the delicate realities of a woman becoming aware of her sexuality. She talks both about the decision to become a nun, the first days in the convent " wearing Victorian undergarments, covering her hair, and the shame of one's own burgeoning sexuality " as well as the moment she decides to put that life aside. The poems are strong, incisive and bittersweet in their presentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887533792
Publisher: Black Moss Press
Publication date: 09/06/2003
Series: The Palm Poets Series , #7
Pages: 97
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Ann Mulhern is a Windsor teacher and poet. Her first collection The Red Dress received national attention in a CBC interview on Tapestry. Touch the Dead was short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos award in 2007. When Angels Weep, published in 2008, was launched at the University of Windsor and short-listed for the Acorn-Plantos award in 2009. Sleeping with Satan, brings the Salem Witch-hunt into contemporary focus.

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