“Stretched upon the cream velvet sky,
I watched a soft violet glow press nigh
against all below as first dawn;
it was I who silenced Earth’s yawn….”
Cosmogony (2019) is a rhyming and metered poem that came to Johnston during a hurricane and subsequent flood in Spring, TX, her hometown, in 1994. In this tale, the major forces of Nature in turn tell their origin stories to a dreamy seventeen year old girl on a Galveston, TX beach and she spins their words into her own tentative life philosophies.
This poem, exactingly created in a sort of time vacuum when the natural world around her was on center stage, is a great example of her early ability to transfuse beauty and hope into her writing.
Readers familiar with Johnston’s 2018 release of Mental, a novel which focuses on one woman’s determination to be whole and happy, will recognize these verses from Part Two. Reprinted here to spotlight one height of her creative skill, this poem is a clever and thought-provoking drama of magical pathos.
This is her third book of poetry. Johnston recently published Dandelions (2019), a long poem about the wonders of a childhood spent in Nature and Disaster and Harmony (2019), a poetry collection full of poems collected between the years 2000 and 2019. She is also the author of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), published under pen name M Yoshida McCurry, is written in the style of magic realism and is about the elusive search for happiness.
To read a preview of Cosmogony (2019) for free now, go to http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Cosmogony is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Amazon.com. Go tohttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XSCVQ5Q/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1 to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!
PUBLISHED BY MARIE K JOHNSTON
Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University and was accepted into Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Marie K Johnston wrote for a variety of print and online publications (including Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web & Print Division) and taught English and Liberal Arts for 14 years before she married. She is the author of 2 novels and 3 books of poetry, which can be previewed and purchased at http://Amazon.com/author/mariekjohnston and http://www.BooksbyMarieKJohnston.com. She writes local color “faction,” taking a journalistic approach to magic realism to show everyday life in Texas where resilient female protagonists are both soft and strong. A preview of her visual art can be found at http://www.MarieKJohnston.com (“The Fiction and Folk Art of Marie K Johnston”). Johnston is currently working on two projects: 1) the publication of her journal, which explores the themes of love, loss, marriage, motherhood, dealing with mental illness, and coming into one’s own, and 2) a third fictionalized narrative dealing primarily with her daily, lifelong battle with Bipolar I with Psychotic Features. Both of these projects are due for publication and release in December 2020.