cover of My Resignation

My Resignation

My second book, My Resignation, is now available from Shearsman Books. Check out Shearsman's information for the book, inclusive of a PDF sample, and the all-important ordering information, here.

My Resignation was an SPD-recommended selection in April 2014, and was named one of Beltway Quarterly's Top 10 books for 2014.


Michaela Cowgill of Lines and Stars reviews My Resignation here.


Matthew Thorburn interviewed me about My Regisnation for the Plougshares blog in June 2015.

Adam Robinson of Publishing Genius Press interviewed me about My Resignation in March of 2014. Check out the interview here.


"In My Resignation, Maureen Thorson's poems sing, wink, and aren't afraid to throw an elbow. When was the last time you read a smart, acute study of what happens when two adults combine households? We follow a speaker, recovering from past heartbreak, who is 'Vulnerable but game. / Curious to thrive.' Yet she cannot help but put what goes said and unsaid in constant, at times lacerating dialogue. You'll root for her journey. Hell, you'll root for 'a pair of sparrows / doing the hoochie on the stoop.' This is fresh, vibrant, necessary poetry, the stuff of real life ripened with wordplay and stunning imagery. I love this collection." —Sandra Beasley (author of I Was the Jukebox)

"With deft wit and linguistic dexterity, Maureen Thorson unfolds the intricate circadian rhythms of a contemporary adult relationship in My Resignation — one unmarred by the dramas of former toxic zombie loves, but nevertheless filled with the real terrors of learning to trust. Through a series of lovely and quirky poems garnished with crisp snippets of dialogue, brisk flickers of glittery detail, and whimsied twists of vocabulary this unfolding becomes an uncoaxing, a gentle thriving — a flourishing of figs, heirloom beans in pots, and gaga azaleas — in which the speaker resigns herself to both constancy and uncertainty, to no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop, to hornswaggle and anomaly, to banana popsicles, and to 'getting cozy with the sky.'" -Lee Ann Roripaugh (Author of On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year)

selections, readings, and more

Poems from My Resignation can be found online at H_NGM_N, and a video of one of the poems is available at The Volta.

Poems from the book have also appeared in Washington Square, Gondola, Columbia Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, LOCUSPOINT, Lungfull!, Open Letters Monthly, Saltgrass, and Bird Dog.

To learn about upcoming readings, click here. And if you'd like to invite me to read in your town, please email me at reenhead-AT-gmail-DOT-com!