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Born in 1955,  raised in poverty and

recover-(ed, ing) from the demon of substance addiction

contemporary American poet and memoirist,

author of New York Times bestseller list’s, The Liar’s Club,

Mary Karr

has a story, and more, to tell.

(image from poetryfoundation.org):

Mary Karr poet_PhotoCredit_WilliamMebane

poet / memoirist,  Mary Karr

Her work of poetry ,

All This and More

is a tale about the fallout from making bad decisions,

journeying on the wrong of life’s path and the struggle to get things right again.

The imagery, set to provoke, is of the

Devil, giving a tour of Hell.

All This and More

by Mary Karr

The Devil’s tour of hell did not include
a factory line where molten lead
spilled into mouths held wide,
no electric drill spiraling screws
into hands and feet, nor giant pliers
to lower you into simmering vats.
Instead, a circle of light
opened on your stuffed armchair,
whose chintz orchids did not boil and change,
and the Devil adjusted
your new spiked antennae
almost delicately, with claws curled
and lacquered black, before he spread
his leather wings to leap
into the acid-green sky.
So your head became a tv hull,
a gargoyle mirror. Your doppelganger
sloppy at the mouth
and swollen at the joints
enacted your days in sinuous
slow motion, your lines delivered
with a mocking sneer. Sometimes
the frame froze, reversed, began
again: the red eyes of a friend
you cursed, your girl child cowered
behind the drapes, parents alive again
and puzzled by this new form. That’s why
you clawed your way back to this life.