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Mary Neighbour is a writer, editor, and author of Speak Right On: Conjuring the Slave Narrative of Dred Scott, a work of historical fiction that she hopes will lead readers to explore racism in their lives. As a free-lance professional editor, Mary aims to help the story and the writer achieve their full potential.

A Collaboration


Bright yellow flowers and Sunlit saguaro Majestic eagles that Nest for tomorrow Hot dessert thermals that Lift outspread wings These are a few of my favorite things . . .  And then I don't feel s...
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Jan Olsen
Mary, Kudos. What a great nod to collaboration! It is fun to imagine a Creatrix sing-along.
Sunday, 03 May 2020 12:27
Hannah Neighbour
You guys are fantastic! I love it!!
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 10:09
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Someone invited me...

Someone invited me today to piggyback on another person's poetry. It was a lovely poem about spaces to wait during this panepidemic, places to wait for the return to normal.  I started with this ...
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Jan Olsen
Nice images of your waiting room! I believe I can picture it. I am sure that the dogs were untroubled by the wind, unlike myself, ... Read More
Friday, 27 March 2020 19:30
Hannah Neighbour
Beautiful. During this time I'm finding such hope and calmness in the things that have always been there, but I haven't really all... Read More
Saturday, 28 March 2020 14:13
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Ill or Fair?

The wind won't be ignored Whistling and bellowing, Shuddering the windows Its persistence makes me uneasy Suggesting to my soul something forbidden Encouraging a silenced voice An impulse that, L...
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Jan Olsen
Powerful, I love your poem in so many ways.
Sunday, 10 March 2019 08:22
Mary Neighbour
I hear you, fellow raven lover!
Sunday, 10 March 2019 09:31
Hannah Neighbour
This poem excites me - the refusal of the wind to be ignored/ the uneasiness/the forbidden/the long silenced voice emerging/the im... Read More
Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:49
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Vagina on my mind


The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it,  can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.  Galileo Galilei
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Jan Olsen
The Galileo quote is so good! The vagina in the center of the astrological chart is a natural. It is ripe for pondering ripeness a... Read More
Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:03
Mary Neighbour
Haha! But it our talk yesterday that provided me with inspiration. Telling you that I felt generally un-inspired suddenly freed up... Read More
Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:31
Hannah Neighbour
I love this...it is so creative and smart! The vagina as the brain and the sun...so powerful. And the quote reminds me of the powe... Read More
Friday, 22 February 2019 11:49
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In Hibernation

She sleeps on earth's dusty pallet, Rests a hided skull on death's pillow And dreams Of muscled lumbering Through berried forests broken Only by rivers of salmon Of seeing the unseen, A full stomach, ...
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Hannah Neighbour
This is so beautiful. I love the message of trust in the natural hibernation process that all things have. I also love the feeling... Read More
Thursday, 24 January 2019 21:09
Mary Neighbour
The first lines of this poem, and the image, came through sleep, and for the first time in a long time, I got up to write them dow... Read More
Friday, 25 January 2019 08:15
Hannah Neighbour
I'm so happy to hear the prompts are taking you somewhere. I love that you got up to write the lines down! ... Read More
Friday, 25 January 2019 10:06
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Raven and Dove

Had I taken a photo, it would have been in high-contrast, black-and-white. Stark Yet surrounded by the soft fog of earth's cold breath. White dove, symbol of peace hope redemption Black raven, symbol ...
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Hannah Neighbour
Oh, Mary...this is gorgeous. Fog as "the earth's cold breath"...the raven "merely being itself." These black and white creatures t... Read More
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:58
Mary Neighbour
You have read this keenly, and I appreciate that, especially your life/death/life take-away. And you're on target about "symbol of... Read More
Thursday, 13 December 2018 06:37
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Let's Play


After a few false starts trying to imagine my mother and I creating something together as children, this emerged. I suppose we need to learn to play together first, which is a sort of creating. The ca...
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Hannah Neighbour
I love this so much. It is so intuitively intelligent and profoundly creative. It's like I can feel the healing work going on in y... Read More
Monday, 26 November 2018 14:55
Mary Neighbour
Thanks! I'm glad you mentioned the dog--and you're spot on about it. I hadn't really given this creature much thought. You're also... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 08:05
Hannah Neighbour
I actually felt the intelligence of your intuition rather than intellect, but I love the idea of bringing them together here. I fe... Read More
Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:53
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My Muse


My muse is a hermaphrodite, descended from Hermes and Aphrodite. My Chinese astrological sign is the rooster--the only unambiguously male animal in the 12 signs and also (coincidentally?) a symbol of ...
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Hannah Neighbour
I love the claiming in this -- the claiming of your muse and the claiming of the qualities in yourself. I feel a lot of power in t... Read More
Monday, 12 November 2018 09:56
Jan Olsen
Why, why do your father and your brother seem so familiar to me? These pictures are wonderful.
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 18:47
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Haiku exercise

Old earth sighed White breath misting bark Dark leaves wept
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Hemingway in New Orleans

"Is there time left for me to tell about the day that I met Hemingway?" We had just discussed "The Three Day Blow," with more argument and laughter than usual. No one in the book club felt ready to le...
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Jan Olsen
It is a sad story, many tiers, tears. It is a good and very powerful story Mary.
Monday, 12 November 2018 09:53
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Skin

Her body gave her ulcers and rashes of many varieties, and pimples to recall the unshakeable embarrassments of adolescence. Her body produced this abundance in protest, she supposed. Skin is an organ,...
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Feckless

My neighbor shouted no warningas his unleashed dogs charged us from behindMy two dogs spun me around by their leads, too late, as his dogs pouncedMy neighbor stood, passively, 100 yards awayas on...
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