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“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”

— Natalie Goldberg

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The Superior Act of Presenting Your Teeth to Strangers

In this gripping memoir, we walk alongside MD Marcus as she follows orders, stands in line, and bides her time during a couple stints at a mental health facility. In the halls, she witnesses what it is that those who are deemed "crazy" or "unsafe to themselves or others" are subjected to undertake: group therapy, announcing ridiculous delusions-lying to make it seem like they are ready to go home. Unable to get her shoelaces back until she asks, MD Marcus then lets us into her mind's deepest, darkest secrets. A place that may be too real and honest for some readers to stomach, especially when her mental state becomes most challenged by her sister's cancer diagnosis. But in the truth lies healing, and in healing lies a way forward. By the end, we are ready to travel home with her, at long last, and continue forth, anew and enlightened.

“This memoir is a brilliant balancing act of storytelling. Not only does it balance time, it balances prose and poetics, openness and control, and the reciprocal relationship between writer and reader. The writing moves with an honest intentionality. It is not a giving over of a narrative. It is a welcoming into a space we get to be exposed to but that is still undoubtedly the writer’s. We are grateful for the invitation and thankful for what we gain from the experience. We leave excitedly waiting to be invited back again sometime soon.”
–Dasan Ahanu, author of Freedom Papers, Everything Worth Fighting For: an exploration of being Black in America, and Shackled Freedom

“It takes courage to face our own deepest wounds, to look pain and loss right in the eye and refuse to blink. Perhaps more courage than most of us ever muster. And yet, in her debut book, MD Marcus does exactly this. In what proves to be as much a poignant, poetry-laced memoir as it is a permission slip for the rest of us to disbelieve our worst circumstances are the last word, Marcus is never glossing—and never without hope.”
–Steve Daugherty,

author Experiments in Honesty

“MD Marcus’ unflinching memoir bravely examines the intersection between depression, single parenthood, anxiety and grief, culminating in a beautiful story of loss, and love.”
–Cinthia Ritchie, author of Malnourished: A Memoir of Sisterhood and Hunger and Dolls Behaving Badly


“I spent all day working on my poems. In the morning I put a comma in; in the evening I took it away again.”— Oscar Wilde

marionette’s waltz

Rat's Ass Review


two dead birds

Femmewise Cat, p. 65-66


The Crusade

dis∙or∙der Mental Illness and its Affect (influence), Red Dashboard Publishing p. 38



Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness, Monkey Star Press p. 189

Longing for a Lobotomy

Rat's Ass Review

constellation's concession

The Syzygy Poetry Journal


Femmewise Cat p. 65

Betwixt Red Hills

Calliope p. 7

there is water beyond the trees

Simply Elevate Magazine p. 4

Not even in the onions

Undertow Poetry Review


Freddie Mercury's Ghost

Spillwords Press

The Complicity of the Trees

Young Ravens Literary Review p. 3


Tomorrow we resume the practice

of turning water into wine

The Literary Nest


anno Domini Holy Dance

Ariel Chart

The last of the bad guys

Ariel Chart 

She offers her beauty

and all that matters

The Drabble 

A French Leave

Eunoia Review      

Sensible Shoes
I am Not a Real Poet

Hidden Constellation   

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“Writing means sharing. It's part of the human condition to want to share things - thoughts, ideas, opinions.

— Paulo Coelho


One mistake (not mine), and I'm inside a nightmare. Three kids, no house and too many nights on borrowed mattresses

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And #MeToo was the start of allowing myself to deal with what happened to me.


The holidays can be a challenging time for a variety of reasons, but merriment can be found if you keep looking.

The Syzygy Poetry Journal
disorder Mental Illness and its Affect
Rats Ass Review logo
Eunoia Review
Femmewise Cat
Communicators League
The Drabble
Love Like Salt anthology
Motherhood May Cause Drowiness
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