Liturgy for the Living
Eulogies sieve sins of the dead.
Mortal wounds crowd the living
in dark spaces where
backs bend in supplication.
Incense burns from an altar
with the promise of resurrection.
Draped in veils,
woven in black
leave a white-washed sepulcher;
children shuffle behind.
Maria Keane is a visual artist and a published poet. She is an Arts and Letters member of the National League of American Pen Women, a member of the historic Howard Pyle Studio in Wilmington, Delaware and the National Association of Women Artists. She received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College, New York and her MA (Phi Kappa Phi) from the University of Delaware. Maria served as an adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Wilmington University, New Castle Delaware from 1984 to 2009.
Maria’s poetry and prose were honored with major awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and the National League of American Pen Women. Her published poems celebrate ekphrastic poetry of art at the Biggs Museum of American Art from 2005 to 2011. In 2006 and 2010 Maria received fellowships in poetry at the Cape Henlopen Center, Delaware. Maria also received a Professional Fellowship in Works on Paper sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts in 1997.