Guest Feature – Mary Ford Neal

Love the idea of the two facets of Relativism,

Patricia M Osborne

Congratulations to fabulous poet, Mary Ford Neal, on the release of her brand new collection Relativism published by Taproot Press. Mary has come along to share her reflection on writing. Without further ado, it’s over to Mary.

Reflection on Writing

Mary Ford Neal

Most of the poems in Relativism were written in 2020 and early 2021, when my son and I were temporarily living with my parents for practical reasons arising out of the COVID-19 restrictions. It can be no coincidence that living with my family during a pandemic caused me to meditate on themes of history, remembrance, belonging, allegiance, old certainties and new uncertainties, all overhung with spectres of loss and ending, and questions about what really matters. The title ‘Relativism’ obviously signifies family members, and the book is full of mothers, fathers, husbands, children, and grandparents; but it also evokes relationship and connectedness more generally –…

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