Marilyn June Coffey, a Nebraska native, lived for 30 years in New York City. While there, her controversial novel Marcella broke a world record for frankness and her wry poem “Pricksong” won a national prize.
Now an internationally published author, Coffey lives in Omaha with a feisty orange cat and an undisciplined garden. She writes history books. Atlantic featured her Great Plains Patchwork on its cover and again on-line. Amazon and Kindle named Coffey’s Mail-Order Kid best sellers. Amazon called her Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers a best history book. Coffey’s latest—That Punk Jimmy Hoffa!—details her trucker father’s clash with the Teamsters.
A Cretan Cycle
Fragments Unearthed from Knossos
The poems of A Cretan Cycle are not translations, but rather evocations of the Cretan myths in their various elements. The characters include Minos, his wife Pasiphae, the Minotaur, Ariadne, Theseus, Bacchus, Daedalus, the Earth, the Sea, Zeus, Europa, Crete, the Labrys, the Labyrinth, Poseidon, the Bull from the Sea. These figures belong in the Minoan civilization, dominant in Greek culture until a volcanic eruption caused the downfall of Minoan power in the Eastern Mediterranean.