Entering the Veterans Administration lobby, I was overwhelmed by its sprawling WPA mural that celebrated work and freedom, cities rising bolt to beam, the red blooded and able bodied. Everywhere I looked, brawny men hoisted iron, their steel muscles rippling—a Depression-era vision of boundless strength and optimism. And then inside the elevator, I saw the… [Read More]
Maria Terrone’s poetry collections are Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press 2014); A Secret Room in Fall, winner of the 2005 Robert McGovern Publication Prize from Ashland Poetry Press; The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works 2002); and a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2 (Finishing Line Press 2009). Her magazine credits include Poetry, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, and Poetry International, and her work has appeared in more than twenty anthologies. In 2012, the Guggenheim Museum commissioned her to write an essay for a New York City performance project taking place in her neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens, which inspired more essays. Her nonfiction has appeared in Briar Cliff Review, Potomac Review, Kestrel, and The Common.