In Print

A new look at Mother Mary

By Pat Waring - March 9, 2006

"Mary Speaks of Her Son," by Carl Winderl. Georgetown, Ky., Finishing Line Press, 2006. $12. 27 pages.

Writer Carl Winderl has crafted a touching, reverent, and thought-provoking book which gives readers a new perspective on the Virgin Mary. He will be at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Friday to read from and discuss his unusual and inspiring work. Entitled "Mary Speaks of Her Son," the slim volume offers free-verse reflections in the Virgin's voice. This Mary is at once a terrified young single mother, a ferocious protector of her Son, and a world-weary woman grieving Jesus' death. Though those events took place many centuries ago, this Mary speaks in a contemporary voice, and the poems are particularly moving because she is so recognizable, a woman and single mother going through great difficulties in our time or any time.

Mr. Winderl is a professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif. He earned a PhD in creative writing from New York University, taught in Boston as well as overseas in Japan, China, and London, and continued writing throughout all these years. Look for a review in an upcoming edition of The Times.

Meet poet Carl Winderl, Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm, at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Main Street, Vineyard Haven. 508-693-2291.