Pansy Maurer-Alvarez
Bog Myrtle V

from a series of coiled basket forms 
by Anna S. King, textile artist





Bog Myrtle V is from When the Body Says It’s Leaving by Pansy Maurer-Alvarez. Copyright © 2004 by Pansy Maurer-Alvarez. Reprinted by permission of Hanging Loose Press. All rights reserved.


Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and emigrated to Switzerland in 1973. She began writing poetry as a teenager and completed eleven years of literary studies at universities in the US, Spain, and Switzerland. Upon moving to Paris in 1991, she abandoned plans for furthering her academic career in order to devote herself to poetry full time. Her poems have appeared throughout Europe and the States in such diverse publications as the TLS, Hanging Loose Magazine, LUNGFULL!, La Traductière, Rattapallax and Osiris. She has work in several anthologies, including Ladies Start Your Engines (Faber and Faber), Final de Entrega (Colectivo Ediciones) and Visiting Dr. Williams (University of Iowa Press). Her collections are: Dolores: The Alpine Years and When the Body Says It’s Leaving (both from Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn); Lovers Eternally Nearing, a limited edition, fine press collaboration with the Swiss artist Walter Ehrismann, with German translations by Rudolf Bähler (Editions Thomas Howeg, Zurich); Ant-Small and Amorous, with French translations by Anne Talvaz (corrupt press, Paris) and In a Form of Suspension (corrupt press, Paris). She is a Contributing Editor for the British magazine Tears in the Fence and she curates the Poets Live reading series in Paris.