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

The Death Cycle Machine
The poems are stark, without sentimentality or pathos, alive with anger, sorrow, terror and pity.
Goin’ to the Chapel
Vividly explores young women’s dreams and expectations of marriage and compares them to their later married lives.
Two Blocks Apart.
The very different lives of two New York boys.
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.
Shadow and Light.
The life and career of the painter, Maurice Sterne

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