No Winter Maintenance
We Walk Together
The idea for this chapbook began with Merritt's encounter with a homeless man. Realizing she would never know his story, she began wondering about so many nameless others. These twenty-two poems have been described as "drops of conscience." Cover art by Chris Demarest.
"Her poems feature troubled students, homeless people, mothers and wives, individuals of all kinds in moments of panic or confusion . . . these poems provide a glimmer of hope in a world buffeted with disheartening news." ~Ginny Lowe Connors
Her House and Other Poems
From walks in the woods to ocean strolls, from a good glass of wine to celebrating joy in growing older, this collection speaks to the heart with poems about everyday life. Cover art by Wendell Minor.
"Playful observations of nature, moments of deep comfort and passion, and the ongoing loving struggle of capturing feelings with words . . ." ~Dave Morrison
What's Wrong With Ordinary? Poems to Celebrate Life
Poetry for Tough Times, Volume Three
After losing her job and nursing her husband through an aggressive cancer, Merritt reflects on the everyday blessings in life (a snowfall, good food, raising children), while taking the time to poke fun at subjects such as menopause.
"Donna Marie Merritt takes us through times of stress, worry, and everyday routines with honesty, insight, and humor." ~Mary Harwell Sayler
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Cancer, A Caregiver's View
Poetry for Tough Times, Volume Two
As the poet navigates the unexpected medical and personal world of her husband's cancer, she takes the reader along a journey that encompasses fear, anger, sorrow, laughter, and ultimately, joy in surprising and unfamiliar places.
"These intimate notes from a beloved wife to her cancer-patient husband provide a tender testimony to the healing power of undying love." ~Charles Ghigna
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Job Loss, A Journey in Poetry
Poetry for Tough Times, Volume One
Walking into the office one morning, she is met by the HR person, given a box, told her position has been eliminated, and asked to pack her things. Feeling betrayed, angry, hurt, and shocked, Donna's response is to write poetry.
"This book is a must for anyone who has gone through the emotional angst of having employment suddenly whisked away." ~Lee Bennett Hopkins