Neruda’s Memoirs

Maureen Doallas

I’ve often said that I don’t “get” poetry. I’ve often read it thinking that I’m just not smart enough or deep-thinking enough to understand the deeper meaning behind the words. Then I came across a blog called Writing without Paper written by Maureen Doallas. I read a few poems by her, and I felt like I thought I understood what they were saying, but I wasn’t sure. I still felt out of place. But Maureen assured me that I did understand. She made me realize that one poem can mean different things to different people. That was incredibly liberating for me, and I’m so grateful for that little gift of realization.

I am very pleased to announce that T. S. Poetry Press has published Maureen’s first book of poems, Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems, “Intimate yet restrained, Doallas’s poems are like love notes that bear grief, struggle, and history—laced with delightful surprises of wit and hope.” (From the product description on Amazon.) I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Maureen’s poems have the ability to touch the soul of both the avid poetry reader and people like me who are still a bit intimidated by poetry and poets.

Maureen has given me permission to post one of her poems here. I’m pretty sure it was selected with me in mind, because I can completely relate to the subject matter:

Hazardous Duty: Ode to my Kitchen

I have no taste
for the violence
my kitchen demands of me

to squeeze and score
fillet and fry
flash-freeze and melt

ground grind and grill
mash whip whisk
or beat till stiff.

I conscientiously object
to chopping things to bits
when it’s enough

to simply pare away peel back
or toss and throw together
what’s simmered steamed or stewed.

But ask me for my recipes
and I’ll tell you:
not just any Bloody Mary will do.

For a sneak peak at some of the other poems in Neruda’s Memoirs, visit the Facebook Page here. I especially loved What it’s Like, a poem about the feeling of loss of a loved one.

I have decided to give away a copy of Maureen’s book of poetry. Simply leave a comment letting me know you would like to be entered in the drawing. I will select a winner at random next Thursday and contact the winner via email.

Congratulations, Maureen. You’ve been such a great source of encouragement for me and so many in the online community, and it is my hope that I can return the favor in some small way.

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32 Responses to “Neruda’s Memoirs”

  1. Maureen February 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    What a wonderful post, Kathy. I’m honored to be featured here.

    (And, of course, I take myself out of the give-away.)

  2. Candy February 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    I’ll admit – I often don’t “get” poetry either and shy away from it. But this, I get, probably because it’s about food. Maureen has written your biography in poetry. Awesome.

  3. HisFireFly February 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I would love to have a copy of Maureen’s new book – drawn back to reading and writing poetry after ages away from it.

  4. Michael Wells February 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    The book sounds delicious! Paublo Neruda even! Sounds llike a must read.

  5. jasonS February 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    I don’t think I get poetry either, but I enjoy it a lot. Congrats to Maureen–that is so exciting! I would love to read her book of poetry so sign me up for the giveaway. Thanks Kat.

  6. Michael February 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    I would love to win. I used to think poetry was lame, but because of Glynn and Nancy I have come to love it and sorta kinda attempt it.

  7. Sandra Heska King February 3, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    I have no taste for . . .

    Only Maureen could toss something like this together. Love it. Just love it.

    And you’re right. She is an encouragement and an inspiration. I am more (or I feel more) cultured because of her. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

  8. Amy Nabors February 3, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Oh I love poetry. Please enter me.

  9. Helen February 3, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    “Not just any Bloody Mary will do”

    I like that! Although I’ve never had a Bloody Mary….. I’m more of an Appletini kind of gal! I never though of myself as violent, but I DO love beating the eggs and whipping the cream!!!!

    • Bun Bun Rabbit February 3, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      You know, I hear that Bloody Mary’s come with a celery stick in them. You COULD order one and then share with me. Ask for the celery in a Bunny Bag.

      • Helen February 3, 2011 at 9:49 am #

        I’ll consider it, BunBun, but I don’t see going out for cocktails in my very near future. I’ll put out some celery that hasn’t been soaked in alcohol and tomato juice for you anyway. Is that acceptable?

  10. Cassandra Frear February 3, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Maureen excels at being an encouragement in the online community. Count me in. I’m one of her faithful fans.

  11. Louise February 3, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Yeah Maureen — and yeah you too!

    You rock.

    Your support and encouragement for everyone online is inspiring!

    thanks kat.

  12. A Simple Country Girl February 3, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I, too, am not sure about most things poetic. And although I like to give it a go, I don’t know the difference between a sonnet and a haiku. Miss Maureen writes with words that cut the fluff and set emotions skating on the surface. I still recall the mood of my heart after reading her words in a RAP at The High Calling…regarding the loss of her dad. She somehow brought me into the hallway and living room.

    Thank you for this post today and please put my name in the hat.


  13. Heather February 3, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Me me me!! I want a copy!

  14. Duane February 3, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I’m also one of those people who doesn’t “get” poetry unless it is Glynn Young’s.

    And even then, I’m not smart enough.

    I’ve read Maureen’s poems since I follow her blog, and I actually CAN understand them.

    Which is huge for my pea sized brain.

    • Maureen February 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Now, none of that self-denigration, Duane. Though I do like the part about understanding Glynn’s and my poems.

  15. Megan Willome February 3, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Wow. Both of those poems are fantastic. Thanks for doing this, Kathy!

  16. Maureen February 3, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Thank you, all. Your comments here just leave me in awe.

    I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve never had a Bloody Mary either.

  17. betty Obst February 3, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Great article Maureen and “Katdish”. And it’s great seeing all the support for this article from people who “know” or are just meeting Maureen for the first time. She has such a great talent for poetry and an interest and knowledge of so much in the art world. She’s also a great friend and supporter!!

    • Maureen February 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

      Betty! What a delight to see you found your way to Kathy’s blog. Thank you!

  18. Joanne Sher February 3, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Maureen, I am SOOOO excited for you! And I’d love the book. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway, Kat!

  19. Tony Alicea February 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Pick me, pick me!

  20. seekingpastor February 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Enter me in the drawing. I have recently begun posting poems on my blog on Fridays. It is both exhilirating and terrifying.

  21. indymavs February 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Sounds wonderful! Put me in the drawing, please!

  22. Maureen February 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Joanne, Tony, seekingpastor, indymavs: thank you all so much for stopping in and reading and putting up for a chance to win my book. I’m honored.

  23. S. Etole February 3, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    What a pleasure it would be to win a copy of her book …

  24. Joel Jacobson February 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Enter me as well. From what I’ve read, this looks like a great collection!

  25. Michelle DeRusha February 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    I’m like you, Kathy — I approach poetry with trepidation and some insecurity, sure that I won’t “get it” or that I will misinterpret some deep meaning that everyone else sees instantly except me. I love this poem by Maureen — it made me laugh. And I could relate to it.

    Maureeen is such an encourager and champion of writers and artists — I so appreciate that about her and truly admire her giving spirit.

    Nicely done…oh, and it probably goes without saying that I would love to be entered into the book drawing!

  26. Kathleen February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Ahh. I just love the post, the comments, the words, the love, the cover of her book, and the authoress….

  27. Karla Okala February 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Lover her poetry! Would love to have a copy of her book!

  28. Maureen February 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Karla, Kathleen, Michelle, Joel, Susan: Thank you all for your kind and generous comments. And to whomever wins: Please enjoy the book and let me know what you think of it.

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