Hope runs through it

Hope runs through it M.W. MacKay

Hope runs through it
M.W. MacKay


by M.W. MacKay

M.W. MacKay’s poems are luminous with perception and grace and grounded in heart-wrenching detail. Her poetry reveals a deep connection with both the natural and spiritual worlds, touching on both with clarity and humor. But the narrative string that winds through Hope runs through it is her sometimes sorrowful, sometimes joyful, often overwhelming experience of raising a child with special needs.

Praise for Hope runs through it

I really enjoyed this little poetry book. I read it in one sitting! I got so enthralled in the author’s descriptions of her son’s anxiety disorder described in her poems. It was both heartbreaking and enlightening to read.I would love to read a follow up poetry book from this author on her son’s progress. Perhaps even get him into writing about himself somehow? It could be therapy for both mom and son- a combined book of sorts! Very quick and great reading. Loved it~!

– Debbie White, on Goodreads (5 stars)

“M. W. MacKay’s poems are word treasures in their descriptions of nature, family connections, the search for something bigger. … The most meaningful part of this journey comes through her poems about her child: how she signed on for life at his first smile, and her durable love and commitment in the fierce battle against her child’s O.C.D. You’ll want to go on the journey with this poet.”

– Clemens Schoenebeck, three-time nominee for The Pushcart Prize in Poetry

“MacKay immediately draws me in to her world with precise images and concise poetic lines…she plays with sound to the reader’s delight—but the reader must pay attention to fully appreciate the many subtle nuances of these poems.”

– Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, publisher/editor, The Aurorean poetry journal; co-editor, Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching

Powerfully Moving

Response to Hope runs through it has been deeply heartfelt, with many readers in the medical community commenting that it brought them to tears.

The Family Resource Center of Mass General for Children at the North Shore Medical Center chose to run one of the poems, “BitterSweet,” in its recent newsletter:

About the Author

MacKay’s poetry has been published in Nantucket Magazine and the Aurorean. She is a member of the Tin Box Poets of Swampscott and has read at numerous venues on Boston’s North Shore, including the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, at, of all places, a hardware store.

A graduate of Smith College, MacKay also sings with the Noteworthies, an a capella group that has appeared at the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Mass. and Fenway Park in Boston, where they sang both the American and the Canadian national anthems.

Review Copies, Author Interviews, Book Clubs

If you would like to receive a review copy, schedule an interview, or invite M.W. MacKay to read at your book group, contact info@foursquarepress.com.

Now Available in Print and eBook Editions

Hope runs through it is available directly from Four Square Press on our Products page.  Bookstores and librarians may also purchase it through Ingram Content Group’s distribution channel. Find it as well on Amazon, Kindle and Nook.


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