A Theory of Everything

“A Theory of Everything is deeply original, magical, and weird in a good way, as we used to say back in grade school. Some kinds of “weird” were desirable since they suggested potent originality, quirky insight, and startling but necessary twists of humor—as in, when is the last time you considered a flea’s memories or regrets? Mary Crockett Hill has made a significant, fabulously welcome contribution to the world of theories in general, and elegant poetry you will want to keep close by—for the days when your own elements of existence don’t fit neatly into compartments or jingle sweet harmonies in your ear. Here’s a place where darkness lives comfortably, studded with breathtaking light. Like a mesmerizing sky.”

~ Naomi Shihab Nye


“Mary Crockett Hill writes poems of rare and direct honesty, and this is a book of startling scope. After Darwin, after string theory, Hill grapples with the question of what it means—what it really means—that we are all interconnected, and does so in the midst of all the crude and delicate intimacies of daily life. With gusto, humor, and watchful attention, these poems face the complications that make us wish to be separate and elsewhere, and then they tenderly guide us back into the fray.”

~ Mary Szybist


If You Return Home with Food

“’Having seen a world skinned in violet, one is allowed to kiss,’ says Mary Crockett Hill. There is a characteristic mixture of hope and dread in these observations. These poems are aware of life’s dangers—the loneliness and estrangement we face—and thereby both celebrate and mourn our ‘knuckles’ bar facts,’ our all too mortal bodies. Direct, yet tinged with the imaginative power of dream, this fine book is energetic, engaging, and completely unpredictable.”


~ Mark Cox



A Town by the Name of Salem: The Past in Pictures

When Salem was founded two centuries ago in a lush Virginia valley cut through by the Great Wagon Road, few suspected the thriving city she would become. While this growth was shared by communities throughout the region, Salem’s story is very much her own. It is her people and memories that fill the pages of this book—her sons and daughters whose eyes meet yours in these photographs. A Town by the Name of Salem pays tribute to 200 years of life and legend in a vibrant southern town.

~ Salem Historical Society


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