Shiva Moon

“Intimate and meditative, Shiva Moon has the quality of prayer, yet it’s also the journal of a harrowing year, filled with mourning, recollection, and a struggle for spiritual equilibrium. With her celebrated gifts for pictorial and lyrical language (leavened here with Hebrew terms), Maxine Silverman enters the darkness of her beloved father’s death and seeks a way to accommodate his loss. Everything around her keeps changing: the moon, her garden, her children, even her absent father who grows more vivid with memory. The only constant is the momentous presence of God, glorious but silent. This is a wise, moving book for every reader—and a necessary book for anyone who’s known loss.”

—Joan Murray

To read selected poems from Shiva Moon, click on title:

North Star
What I Learned So Far
Shiva Moon

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“These are visionary poems of heart but also of spirit. Each is a reckoning with wonders concealed in plain view, and Silverman is a poet assured in her calling….”

~Ann Lauinger

“A marvelous achievement…a beautiful book.”

~Molly Peacock

To read selected poems from Palimpset, click on title:

The Helen Poems


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“We try to create a theatre where imagination and conversation can occur.  A place that is not about you and me, but about us.  Poets and readers collaborate to carry truth to the word and the world.”

-from the forward by Toadlilly editors Myrna Goodman and Meredith Trede


Desire Path

“Desire Path is a masterful collection.”  -Kate Knapp Johnson

“Maxine Silverman has a terrific ear for our language…One does not make that kind of music by accident.  Even her syntax is musical…Read these poems, reread them out loud.”  -from the foreword by Thomas Lux