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by Mara Bright
The Constant Heart explores a woman's relationship to the men she partners with, as she learns to be more truly herself. Throughout her life she's a pioneer, seeking adventure and testing herself again and again in the wild, paddling the Allagash, capturing wild goats on an island in the Aegean, fasting in the New Mexico desert, wandering the streets of Istanbul alone, and connecting with Spirit through nature and the elements. For twenty years she homesteads on a small farm in rural Massachusetts, drops out of the consumer culture and lives close to the land. She moves from devaluing herself toward steadily celebrating all of herself, until now in her sixties, she feels whole and alive.
A former English teacher, librarian, writing coach and founder of the Bear Mountain Writers, she's published in Cobblestone, Calliope, and Faces magazines, as well as in School Library Journal. Fourteen of her poems are featured in Bone Cages, a collection of the work of five Massachusetts poets.