Charlotte Mayerson

The Death Cycle Machine

Kurt Vonnegut: "Only now, so late in the ghastly game, has a mother put into imporant poetry what it was like to have a son die of AIDS."
Bebe Moore Campbell: "Mayerson is both warrior and peacemaker, an emissary from the front lines where she has witnessed bloodshed and surrender."
Robin Morgan: "Sharp, unsentimental, unflinching and stunning."

The Women of the Holocaust
Without the women of the Holocaust
Who saw their children ripped asunder
I could not go on.
Without the women
Of eighteen hundred and five
Who bore eight children and raised five
I would go under.
Without my grandmother
Who had thirteen
And lost three -
As a young mother, she lost three -
Without all those unnatural women
Who, like me,
Let themselves fall out
Of their own place
In the natural order,
Who, because they could not
Save their young -
Hide them in a safe place -
Became outlaws,
Grave transgressors
Of natural laws,
Without those women
Before my eye I would die now -
In the right order -
While he’s still alive.

Selected Works

Poems
The Death Cycle Machine
The poems are stark, without sentimentality or pathos, alive with anger, sorrow, terror and pity.
Non-Fiction
Goin’ to the Chapel
Vividly explores young women’s dreams and expectations of marriage and compares them to their later married lives.
Non-fiction
Two Blocks Apart.
The very different lives of two New York boys.
Fiction
Home Fires
This funny and moving tale of friendship between a black woman and a white woman of the 1950s and 60s has a lot to say about who we are now and how we got from there to here.
An Easy Life
A novel of an unlikely love affair.
Biography
Shadow and Light.
The life and career of the painter, Maurice Sterne

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