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Mary Virginia Micka

  • Counting both times I cheated this week / I won at solitaire twice.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • Hexameron
    • ()
  • Oh, the cats in this town have their secrets.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • "Small Things Tell Us," Letter to My Landlady ()
  • ... say / who I am. Set / our two fires climbing.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • "Greeting," All Rounds Returning ()
  • Does God sing?

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • "These and Like Questions," All Rounds Returning ()
  • To lift off the cover of a tomato-y mixture and let it bubble up mushroom and basil under my nose does a lot to counteract the many subtle efforts a part of me makes to punish myself for all those worst of my shortcomings — those I can neither name nor find a shape for. Terrible brown ghosts with sinews like bedsprings.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • The Cazenovia Journal
    • ()
  • It isn't that I believe God is dead, but God is so silent, has been for so long, and is so hidden, I take it as a sign I must watch in other places or simply tend my small fires until the end.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • The Cazenovia Journal
    • ()
  • When you look up from your typewriter, look at the trees, not the calendar.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • The Cazenovia Journal
    • ()
  • ... I'm part of an old piety that suffers in silence and calls it virtue. And is the very devil to live with.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • The Cazenovia Journal
    • ()
  • It is while trying to get everything straight in my head that I get confused.

    • Mary Virginia Micka,
    • Fiction, Oddly Enough
    • ()

Mary Virginia Micka, U.S. poet, educator

(1922 - 2018)

Sister Mary Virginia Micka belongs to the Congregation of St. Joseph.