Making Little Edens is a collection of poems from life during the repressive 50s to scenes from the West Coast 60s, and finally: New Mexico. Merimée arrived in El Rito, NM, in a shiny green Chrysler in 1970 with a carload of Vietnam vets.
She brought her dog, frying pan, cutting board, trinkets, and clothes. She fell in love with everything northern New Mexico, where she eventually stayed to get her college education, raise a family, and teach for 25 years…all the while writing poems and stories.
A precursor to Moffit’s Memoir, Free Love, Free Fall, this collection is rich in story and image.
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5 Star Reviews from Amazon:
“Merimée’s excellent book of poetry is a beautiful paradox of giving in and fighting back. It is filled with haunting memories and sweet insights. Writing both in form and free verse, she manages to find the perfect vehicle for each poem to tap into the hearts and backbones of readers. From her youth to New Mexico cabins and tough bars to teaching, Merimée picks her battles well: the past, the present, hopes, hopelessness, and “the beginning of just about everything.” Worth reading many times.” ~D. Cohen-Bruno