Patricia Monaghan

Poetry, Nature, Culture

Selected Works

Fiction
Nonfiction
A new edition of the definitive guide to dozens of ways to meditate, presented for beginners. Co-authored with yoga expert Eleanor Viereck.
"A dreamy, utterly enchanting walking meditation on Ireland's pagan heart."
--Booklist
An introduction to the history of wine in the Midwest and a guide to current producers.
Poetry
Poems about the sacred Heartland
Seasons as metaphors for women's lives
Poetry and physics dance in this stunning collection
A searing book about the effects of war on veterans and their families.
Edited nonfiction
Three volumes of essays on fascinating divinities from around the world
Encyclopedia
Definitive volume on the myths and legends of the Celtic peoples.
The definitive resource on the world's female deities.
Essays and poems
Selected links to online works
Online reviews of Patricia's work

Lay of the Land

Pearl Buck would have been pleased

September 15, 2012

Tags: Pearl Buck, biracial, Barack Obama, The Good Earth, South Pacific

I have just finished a six-month project of reading all the novels of Pearl Buck. I had read "The Good Earth" while in high school and still had vivid inner images from that book, but I had no idea Buck was such a fascinating writer--one who, unfortunately, has mostly slipped from literary consciousness. What (more…)

Pussy Riot and Virgin Mary Hooliganism

August 17, 2012

Tags: Pussy Riot, Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Marina Warner, Charlene Spretnak

Among the many fascinating aspects of the unfolding story of Pussy Riot, the activist Russian collective which has seen three of its members sentenced harshly today in Moscow, is the allegation of heresy and religious insult in the women's invocation of the "Mother of God" (a term used for the Blessed Virgin Mary in (more…)

Dancing with Liberty

February 22, 2011

Tags: wisconsin, poetry, protest

Throughout this past weekend, I have been joining with tens of thousands of friends and strangers in Madison, Wisconsin, opposing legislation that would drastically alter working conditions for teachers, nurses, and other public servants. Upon the invitation of the wonderful Split This Rock organization, I wrote a description of the events, which came out (more…)

Memories of Alice Paul

August 25, 2010

Tags: Suffrage, women's rights, Alice Paul, Equal Rights Amendment

This week, as we mark the 90th anniversary of the approval of women’s suffrage in the United States, I find myself thinking of Alice Paul.
In 1974, I joined with other Quaker women near Philadelphia for a gathering on women’s spirituality. I cannot remember why I was delegated to call Alice Paul, (more…)

Summer lessons

June 24, 2010

Tags: ecopsychology, oil spill, celebration

It is high summer. The early vegetables are beginning to bolt in the garden, so we'll harvest the remaining spinach and beets and replace them with drying beans. Probably the last week of peas, too. We'll plant some cucumbers in their place and hope they fruit by the time summer ends. Apples are swaying (more…)

Thoughts on resurrection

April 2, 2010

Tags: Spring, silence

It is Good Friday by the Christian calendar. When I was a child, we observed three hours of silence on this day, while we meditated upon the dying god. Today we are observing that silence again, in order to tune ourselves into the sounds of the emerging springtime.

I have heard so much (more…)