The Red Dress

In these revealing poems, Mary Ann Mulhern tackles the realities of a woman becoming aware of her intensifying sexuality.

She speaks both about the decision to become a nun, the first days in the convent; wearing bloomers and the shame of one’s own burgeoning sexuality.

With candor and grace she recounts the moment she decided to put that life aside. These remarkable and unforgettable poems are strong and incisive yet bittersweet.

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